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.
Predicting Suicide Attacks: Characteristics of Bombings in Israel — November 7, 2013
This brief describes an assessment of how geospatial and sociocultural characteristics may help predict the timing and targets of terrorist attacks.
The RAND Security Cooperation Prioritization and Propensity Matching Tool — November 6, 2013
Recent RAND research identified practices and contextual factors associated with greater or lesser degrees of success in security cooperation. A related diagnostic tool maximizes the utility of these analyses and can help defense planners identify potential mismatches between security cooperation funding, priorities, and propensity for success with a given country.
Adapting to a Changing Colorado River: Making Future Water Deliveries More Reliable Through Robust Management Strategies — November 5, 2013
The 2012 Colorado River Basin Study evaluated the resiliency of the Colorado River system over the next 50 years to climate change and other factors, and then compared different options and strategies for ensuring successful management of the river's resources. This report describes RAND's contribution to this study. It focuses on the Robust Decision Making methodologies used to identify vulnerabilities and compare portfolios of options.
Flood Insurance in New York City Following Hurricane Sandy — October 25, 2013
Flood insurance payments can help households and businesses recover from an event and get the economy moving again. Premiums can also provide appropriate incentives to avoid or mitigate risk. This report examines dimensions of the changing flood insurance environment in New York City and explores the consequences for the city's residents and businesses.
Factors Affecting Physician Professional Satisfaction — October 11, 2013
This fact sheet describes the results of research into the factors influencing physician professional satisfaction and their implications for health care.
Factors Affecting Physician Professional Satisfaction and Their Implications for Patient Care, Health Systems, and Health Policy — October 9, 2013
The American Medical Association asked RAND Health to characterize the factors that affect physician professional satisfaction. RAND researchers sought to identify high-priority determinants of professional satisfaction by gathering data from 30 physician practices in six states, using a combination of surveys and semistructured interviews. This report presents the results of the subsequent analysis.
New Support for the Big Sort Hypothesis: An Assessment of Partisan Geographic Sorting in California, 1992-2010 — October 1, 2013
This article empirically examines the 'Big Sort hypothesis'—the notion that, in recent years, liberal and conservative Americans have become increasingly spatially isolated from one another
Accountable Care Organization Formation Is Associated with Integrated Systems but Not High Medical Spending — October 1, 2013
We examined where accountable care organizations (ACOs) have formed and what regional factors are predictive of ACO formation.
Improving Scenario Discovery Using Orthogonal Rotations — September 26, 2013
Scenario discovery offers a new means to characterize and communicate the information in computer simulation models under conditions of deep uncertainty.
Analyses of the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce: Update to Methods and Results through FY 2011 — September 19, 2013
The organic defense acquisition workforce oversees defense acquisition programs from start to finish. RAND has been providing ongoing analysis of the workforce. This volume documents revisions to methods summarized in an earlier report, describes the workforce through fiscal year 2011, and provides a user's manual for a model for projecting workforce needs through 2021 under different assumptions about the future.
China's Foreign Aid and Government-Sponsored Investment Activities: Scale, Content, Destinations, and Implications — September 18, 2013
With the world's second largest economy, China has the capacity to engage in substantial programs of development assistance and government investment in any and all of the emerging-market countries. RAND researchers assessed the scale, trends, and composition of these programs in 93 countries in six regions: Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, and East Asia.
Fiscal Performance and U.S. International Influence — September 16, 2013
High debt threatens future U.S. economic growth and constrains the ability of the government to act in pursuit of national interests. The authors examine the effects on the nation's ability to wield the economic instruments of U.S. power and to shape global conditions through other than military means.
An Evolutionary Model of Industry Transformation and the Political Sustainability of Emission Control Policies — September 6, 2013
Limiting climate change will require transformation of energy and other systems. This report presents an agent-based, game theoretic model designed to compare the long-term sustainability of alternative carbon emission reduction policies. The model tracks the co-evolution of an industry sector, its technology base, and political coalitions that influence government policy. It uses robust decision making methods to compare alternative policies.
New Assessments, Better Instruction? Designing Assessment Systems to Promote Instructional Improvement — September 3, 2013
This report reviews the literature on how assessment affects teaching practice and the conditions that moderate that relationship. The authors identify a wide variety of effects that testing might have on teachers' activities in the classroom and a number of conditions that affect the impact that assessment may have on practice.
The Elements of Surprise: How Professionals Prepare for and Respond to Unexpected Events — August 14, 2013
This research brief summarizes the findings of a project that sought to identify common strategies used by practitioners in various professions, from professional sports to Navy SEALs, to respond to unexpected events.
Surprise! From CEOs to Navy SEALs: How a Select Group of Professionals Prepare for and Respond to the Unexpected — August 14, 2013
This report relates what professionals believe creates surprise, how they respond to it, and how the effects of surprise can be mitigated. RAND researchers interviewed representatives from 13 diverse professions and identified some common coping strategies, such as relying on past experience and trying to reduce the level of chaos in the environment.
Flood depths and direct economic damage from a wide range of simulated storm events are aggregated to produce a statistical summary of coastal risk under different assumptions about future conditions.
How Effective Are Different Approaches to Higher Education Provision in Increasing Access, Quality and Completion for Students in Developing Countries? Does This Differ by Gender of Students? — August 1, 2013
How to effectively increase access to and quality in higher education in developing countries is a highly debated topic.
The Skinny on Workplace Wellness Programs — July 31, 2013
Workplace wellness programs have become increasingly common in the United States, but what do these programs look like? A 2012 national survey gives us the skinny on typical components, incentives for participation, and levels of employee engagement.
Building the Links Between Funding and Quality in Higher Education: India's Challenge — July 23, 2013
India has joined a worldwide trend in which nations are seeking to improve the quality of their higher education systems by giving greater autonomy and accountability to higher education institutions. In this report, the authors review India's and other countries' higher education systems and suggest seven policy actions that the Indian national government and other stakeholders can take to improve higher education by linking funding to quality.
The U.S. Army's Command and General Staff School offers its Advanced Operations Course (AOC) for junior field-grade officers using both traditional resident instruction and a model referred to as blended distributed learning (BDL). This report assesses the effectiveness of AOC-BDL based on student and graduate surveys and identifies best practices for BDL from empirical research and case studies.
Local Quality Improvement Efforts and Outcomes Descriptive Study: Final Report: Executive Summary — July 1, 2013
Quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs) constitute an ambitious policy approach to improving early care and education practices and child outcomes.
Charting the Course for a New Air Force Inspection System — July 1, 2013
The Inspector General of the Air Force (SAF/IG) is leading an Air Force-wide effort to reduce the burden of Air Force inspection activities while also improving the quality of oversight the inspection system provides. In 2010, SAF/IG asked RAND Project AIR FORCE to join in this effort. This report presents primary data RAND collected on the Air Force inspection system and identifies effective inspection and information collection practices that the Air Force might emulate.
Robust Water-Management Strategies for the California Water Plan Update 2013: Proof-of-Concept Analysis — June 13, 2013
This report describes a proof-of-concept analysis using Robust Decision Making to evaluate water resource management response packages for California's Central Valley under future uncertainty. This analytic approach will be used to develop a more comprehensive analysis for the California Water Plan Update 2013.
Test-and-Treat in Los Angeles: A Mathematical Model of the Effects of Test-And-Treat for the Population of Men Who Have Sex with Men in Los Angeles County — June 1, 2013
There is evidence to suggest that antiretroviral therapy (ART) and testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) reduce the probability of transmission of HIV.