Pardee RAND Graduate School students participate in many RAND research projects through their On-the-Job Training. These projects provide students with tremendous opportunities to publish their work in RAND reports and peer-reviewed journals. In fact, many of our students develop an impressive publications record during their tenure at PRGS, which enables them to compete successfully for positions at universities and other research institutions.
Below is a list of publications that our students have recently authored or co-authored. The list provides an excellent illustration of the range of publications that our students have had a hand in developing.
Federal and State Roles and Capacity for Improving Schools — May 16, 2011
Federal involvement in states' provision of education has grown since the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1965, which could be reauthorized in 2011. This report reviews the literature on the state and federal roles in education, examines the effectiveness of states' ongoing school-improvement efforts, and considers options for framing future federal guidance and support of state school-improvement efforts.
How Federal Education Policy Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Can Support States in School Improvement — May 16, 2011
To improve schools, federal policymakers should consider state capacity, cost, and state politics and design policies that support more experimentation, evaluation, and dissemination of new knowledge while avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach.
Toward Affordable Systems II: Portfolio Management for Army Science and Technology Programs Under Uncertainties — April 18, 2011
This companion to Toward Affordable Systems: Portfolio Analysis and Management for Army Science and Technology Programs (Brian G. Chow, Richard Silberglitt, and Scott Hiromoto, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, MG-761-A, 2009) describes the continued development and demonstration of a method and model to incorporate lifecycle cost into the portfolio analysis and management process for U.S. Army Science and Technology programs.
Efficiencies from Applying a Rotational Equipping Strategy — April 18, 2011
To meet the demands of the past decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has adopted a rotational strategy based on the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) model, but equipping policies have not yet been adapted to the model. This report analyzes how the Army might reduce equipment in early phases of the ARFORGEN cycle, how changes might be applied across Army units and equipment, and how changes might affect near- and far-term budgets.
Performance Characteristics of a Methodology to Quantify Adverse Events Over Time in Hospitalized Patients — March 31, 2011
Assesses the performance characteristics of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Global Trigger Tool (GTT) to determine its reliability for tracking local and national adverse event rates.
Does the Response to Alcohol Taxes Differ Across Racial/Ethnic Groups? Some Evidence from 1984-2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System — March 31, 2011
This study examines how the effect of alcohol excise taxes on the demand for alcohol varies across different racial and ethnic groups.
Supplying Biomass to Power Plants: A Model of the Costs of Utilizing Agricultural Biomass in Cofired Power Plants — March 29, 2011
U.S. power plants seek to diversify their fuel sources. Biomass energy is a renewable resource, generally with lower life-cycle greenhouse-gas emissions than fossil fuels. Prospective users need information about infrastructure, logistics, costs, and constraints for the full biomass life cycle. This model estimates the cost and availability of biomass energy resources from U.S. agricultural lands from the perspective of an individual power plant.
California's Workers' Compensation Reform: Effects on Return to Work — February 18, 2011
This brief summarizes a study of how changes to the workers' compensation system have affected return-to-work rates in California, how return-to-work trends compare with policy changes, and recent trends in benefit adequacy.
Provides a comprehensive analysis of the effects of several large changes to the workers' compensation system on return to work rates for California's injured workers.
Safety of Probiotics to Reduce Risk and Prevent or Treat Disease — December 31, 2010
The existing scientific literature does not adequately address questions about the safety of probiotics.
Health and Well-Being in the Home: A Global Analysis of Needs, Expectations, and Priorities for Home Health Care Technology — December 7, 2010
Technological advances have pushed the frontier of care management into the home setting and can help patients self-manage their conditions. A global study of the needs, priorities, and expectations of key stakeholders regarding home health care in six countries revealed that although such technologies represent a promising solution to current pressures on health care systems, they also face a number of barriers to adoption.
Sexual Orientation and U.S. Military Personnel Policy: An Update of RAND's 1993 Study — November 18, 2010
This study on sexual orientation and U.S. military policy, requested by the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Secretary of Defense in order to weigh repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, examines public and military opinion on allowing gay men and lesbians to serve without restriction; research on sexual orientation, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention; and experiences of domestic agencies and foreign militaries.
Hours of Opportunity: How Cities Can Use Data to Improve Services in Out-of-School Time Programs — October 19, 2010
Five cities that received a grant from The Wallace Foundation, along with three other cities that were not part of the initiative, were successful in using data from management information systems to improve out-of-school-time programs.
Hours of Opportunity: How Cities Can Build Systems to Improve Out-of-School-Time Programs — October 18, 2010
Five cities that received a grant from The Wallace Foundation to increase collaboration, access, quality, information sharing, and sustainability in their out-of-school-time systems used different planning approaches to meet the initiative's goals.
Hours of Opportunity, Volume 3: Profiles of Five Cities Improving After-School Programs Through a Systems Approach — September 27, 2010
The Wallace Foundation sponsored an initiative to help five cities increase collaboration, access, quality, information sharing, and sustainability in their out-of-school-time (OST) systems. The third in this three-volume series presents in-depth case studies of the grantees (Providence, Boston, New York City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.) and reveals lessons learned and best practices for the OST field.
Hours of Opportunity, Volume 1: Lessons from Five Cities on Building Systems to Improve After-School, Summer School, and Other Out-of-School-Time Programs — September 13, 2010
The Wallace Foundation sponsored an initiative to help five cities increase collaboration, access, quality, information sharing, and sustainability in their out-of-school-time systems. The first in this three-volume series describes the cities' early work under the grant and analyzes the conditions and activities that contributed to their progress in building a coordinated system of services to meet the initiative's goals.
Hours of Opportunity, Volume 2: The Power of Data to Improve After-School Programs Citywide — September 13, 2010
The Wallace Foundation sponsored an initiative to help five cities increase collaboration, access, quality, information sharing, and sustainability in their out-of-school-time systems. The second in this three-volume series describes how Wallace Foundation grantees and three other cities used management information systems to collect and use data on out-of-school-time programs, including enrollment, attendance, and student outcomes.
Building a More Resilient Haitian State: French translation of summary — August 24, 2010
La prospérité future d'Haïti et la paix dans ce pays requièrent la construction d'un État plus solide. Ce rapport passe en revue les nombreux défis auxquels est confrontée la République d'Haïti, ainsi que les projets de réforme envisagés, afin d'identifier les priorités les plus nécessaires, réalisables et durables dans le domaine de la construction étatique.
Haiti's future prosperity and peace require building a more effective, resilient state. RAND researchers identified Haiti's main challenges and recommended a set of state-building priorities that are necessary, feasible, and sustainable.
Building a More Resilient Haitian State — August 6, 2010
Hope for a prosperous and peaceful future for Haiti lies in building a more effective, resilient state. This report identifies the main challenges to more capable governance, evaluates existing plans for improving the delivery of public services, and proposes a realistic set of critical actions. The proposed state-building priorities merit the greatest degree of Haiti's and international donors' policy attention and financial commitment.
The U.S. government is facing the dual challenge of building its own interagency capacity for conducting stability operations while simultaneously building partner capacity (BPC) for stability operations. This study finds that although BPC and stability operations are receiving a good deal of attention in official strategy and planning documents, insufficient attention is being paid to the details of an integrated strategy.
Medicare Facts and Figures Chartbook — May 3, 2010
Provides a factual framework to help consumer advocates, health care providers, and policymakers better understand California's Medicare population and inform their efforts to design programs and policies that meet beneficiaries' needs.
This report summarizes the views of 55 leading researchers in the United States, the European Union, Switzerland, and Russia regarding the competitiveness of Japanese research in 25 fields in the life sciences, environmental science, information and communication technology, and nanotechnology and materials science.
Unique Framework Helps Louisiana Community Prioritize Its Investments in Children and Families — February 19, 2010
The Community Foundation of Shreveport-Bossier selected education, health, and poverty as the focus for funding related to children and families. The Foundation asked RAND to help further narrow the priorities, and this framework helps the Foundation prioritize investments by identifying the intersection of local needs, community assets, and evidence-based best practices.
Cost and Health Consequences of Air Pollution in California — February 15, 2010
Examines how California's failure to meet federal air quality standards has affected hospitalizations and insurers' costs.