Featured Pardee RAND Research

Pardee RAND students and faculty — and even some alumni — contribute to RAND research. This page features selected reports and projects to which the Pardee RAND community has contributed.

  • A close-up image of the inner workings of a clock. Photo by seraficus / Getty Images

    Policy Analysis for Improving the Performance of Large Social Systems

    Sep 16, 2021

    The fields of systems and policy analysis have helped to make the world more stable, secure, and prosperous by informing and improving decision-making in areas of public policy. Tim McDonald (cohort '16) considers how the scholarship and practice of policy analysis can contribute to addressing contemporary system challenges.

  • Syrian refugee children in the Ketermaya refugee camp, outside Beirut, Lebanon on June 1, 2014, photo by Dominic Chavez/World Bank

    New Solutions Are Urgently Needed for Displaced Populations

    Aug 26, 2021

    Among the 80 million people who are displaced globally are 30 million refugees. They are living in limbo without full citizenship rights, and their host countries are experiencing ever-greater political and economic strains. Research by Hardika Dayalani (cohort '18) and colleagues highlights the critical need to find both durable and interim solutions.

  • Students return to school wearing masks at Wilder Elementary School in Louisville, Kentucky, August 11, 2021, photo by Amira Karaoud/Reuters

    How Concerned Are Parents About the Safety of In-Person Instruction?

    Aug 18, 2021

    A new survey details parents' responses concerning school hesitancy and preferences for COVID-19 safety practices in U.S. schools. Melissa Diliberti (cohort '19) and colleagues fielded the survey July 16–29, just as the delta variant greatly increased the number of cases nationwide.

  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds a meeting with the Russian Security Council

    Russia's Grand Strategy

    Aug 16, 2021

    Understanding Russia's grand strategy can help U.S. decisionmakers avoid strategic surprise by better-anticipating Moscow's actions and reactions. A new report reviews Russia's declared grand strategy, and tests key elements of it against the actions of the Russian state.

  • A teacher checks a student's work as students return to school when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 8, 2021, photo by Hannah Beier/Reuters

    The K–12 Pandemic Staffing and Budget Crises Have Not Panned Out—Yet

    Aug 16, 2021

    As the pandemic increased stress on educators, many indicated they planned to leave their jobs by the end of the 2020–2021 school year. Districts have also had budget concerns, knowing federal aid will expire. Neither of these crises has come to pass, according to research by Melissa Diliberti (cohort '19), but they still could.

  • Caregiver playing with a young boy with special needs, photo by FatCamera/Getty Images

    Independent Evaluation of the New York State 1115 Waiver Amendment: The Children's Design

    Aug 6, 2021

    In this interim evaluation of the New York State Medicaid program's Children's Design, students Annie Chen, Gabriela Alvarado, and Ingrid Estrada-Darley worked with RAND researchers to identify facilitators of, and barriers to, its implementation; describe and delineate baseline trends in outcomes of interest; and assess the feasibility of identifying comparison groups for analyses that will contribute to a summative evaluation of the program.

  • People walk past a COVID-19 vaccination center near the Santa Fe International Bridge, in El Paso, Texas, May 7, 2021, photo by Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters

    Removing Barriers to Vaccination for Black Americans

    Aug 6, 2021

    To improve Black Americans' confidence in COVID-19 vaccines, health care organizations and the public health system need to become more trustworthy. Research by Priya Gandhi (cohort '20) and colleagues finds that honesty about historical and ongoing discrimination and working with communities to provide equitable, accessible care could help.

  • Forest fire, several hectares of pine trees burned during the dry season in June 2013 in Tele-Samosir Lake Toba (Danau Toba) North Sumatra (Sumatera Utara) Indonesia, photo by Ares/Adobe Stock

    Indonesian Fires and Haze

    Jul 20, 2021

    Fires in Indonesia contribute to severe air pollution that causes public health, environmental, and economic degradation across Indonesia and across equatorial Asia. Alexandra Huttinger (cohort '17) examines the drivers of fire activity in Indonesia and what some the health impacts of air pollution exposure may be.

  • Close up of a police car at a nighttime traffic stop, photo by RichLegg/Getty Images

    Can Novel 'Swift-Certain-Fair' Programs Work Outside of Pioneering Jurisdictions?

    Jul 20, 2021

    South Dakota's 24/7 Sobriety Program requires individuals charged or convicted of alcohol-involved offenses to avoid alcohol and submit to frequent testing. Alum Gregory Midgette (cohort '09) and Prof. Beau Kilmer say this successful program appears to be making a difference in Montana as well.

  • Principal answers questions during orientation, photo by SDI Productions/Adobe Stock

    School Leaders' Role in Selecting Instructional Materials

    Jul 19, 2021

    School leaders' perceptions of instructional materials influence their decisions about how to support teachers' material use. Ashley Woo (cohort '18) explores what the selection process for instructional materials looks like, and what role—if any—school leaders play.

  • A patient recieves a vaccination at a COVID-19 caccination clinic at Bethlehem Baptist Church in McKeesport, Allegheny County. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governortomwolf/51101479562/in/album-72157718930676885/">Photo</a> by Dan Zampogna / <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY 2.0</a>

    Vulnerability, Inequity, and COVID-19: A Portrait of the Pandemic in Allegheny County

    Jul 19, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities. Student Pedro Nascimento de Lima (cohort '19), alum Jordan Fischbach ('04), and RAND colleagues developed an interactive tool that shows how rates of testing, cases, and deaths, and the ability to practice social distancing, has differed across neighborhoods and populations in Pennsylvania's Allegheny County.

  • Two female medical staff members looking at a laptop, photo by FatCamera/Getty Images

    Assessing Health Services and Primary Care Research

    Jul 19, 2021

    RAND reviewed federally-funded health services and primary care research, making recommendations for maximizing outcomes and future investments to better serve the needs of a complex and rapidly changing U.S. health care system.

  • Cannabis leaf, photo by underworld/Adobe Stock

    Cannabis Legalization and Social Equity: Opportunities, Puzzles, and Trade-Offs

    Jul 16, 2021

    Michelle Priest (cohort '19), Prof. Beau Kilmer, and colleagues describe some of the opportunities as well as some major puzzles and trade-offs surrounding the use of cannabis policy to advance social equity.

  • Airmen from the 33rd Network Warfare Squadron conduct cyber operations at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Aug. 27, 2019, photo by Tech. Sgt. R.J. Biermann/U.S. Air Force

    Exploring the Feasibility and Utility of Machine Learning-Assisted Command and Control: Supporting Technical Analysis

    Jul 15, 2021

    A technical analysis to a report concerning the potential for artificial intelligence systems to assist in Air Force command and control from a technical perspective details the taxonomy of 10 problem characteristics.

  • Digital background depicting innovative technologies in (AI) artificial systems, neural interfaces and internet machine learning technologies, photo by MF3d/Getty Images

    Exploring the Feasibility and Utility of Machine Learning-Assisted Command and Control

    Jul 15, 2021

    Is there potential for artificial intelligence (AI) systems to assist in Air Force command and control (C2) from a technical perspective? An analytical framework assesses the suitability of a given AI system for a given C2 problem.

  • A stressed teacher sitting at her desk looking at a laptop, photo by Lightfield Studios/Adobe Stock

    Job-Related Stress Threatens the Teacher Supply

    Jun 15, 2021

    Nearly one in four teachers overall, and almost half of Black teachers in particular, said that they were likely to leave their jobs by the end of the 2020–21 school year, according to research by Ashley Woo (cohort '18). That's compared to one in six before the pandemic. They reported frequent stress and symptoms of depression more than the general population.

  • An empty classroom at Heather Hills Elementary School in Bowie, Md., on August 26, 2020, photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Sipa USA via Reuters

    What Parents Think About Kids Returning to Classrooms

    Jun 10, 2021

    As of May 2021, 84 percent of parents surveyed plan to send their children to school in person in the fall. Black and Hispanic parents are the most hesitant. Two-thirds of parents want to keep COVID-19 school safety measures in place, finds Melissa Diliberti (cohort '19).

  • Young student participates in school remotely, photo by Sasha_Suzi/Getty Images

    Has COVID-19 Led to Divergent and Inequitable Pathways in Education?

    May 27, 2021

    Remote schooling is associated with fewer instructional opportunities and potentially poorer student outcomes compared with in-person schooling. Nevertheless, Melissa Diliberti (cohort '19) finds that many schools will continue to offer a remote option after the pandemic has passed.

  • People take part in the celebrations for the National Liberation Day near the Arch of Reunification in the city of Pyongyang, North Korea, August 14, 2005, photo by Yuri Maltsev/Reuters

    From Hermit Kingdom to Open for Business

    May 25, 2021

    When the situation in North Korea becomes conducive to foreign investment and development, what might it take to kick-start the country's economy? Students Diana Myers and Noah Johnson explored this question with professors Krishna Kumar and Troy Smith.

  • A Chinese meteorological department worker burns catalyst for cloud seeding and snowmaking to end drought in Beijing, China, February 17, 2009, photo by Oriental Image via Reuters

    What Are the Geopolitical Risks of Geoengineering?

    May 25, 2021

    Geoengineering, the intentional manipulation of an environmental process on Earth to counteract the effects of climate change, could introduce geopolitical risks. David DeSmet (cohort '19) and colleagues ask whether existing international governance mechanisms can manage these risks.

  • Student puts together molecular model during online school. lesson, photo by lithiumphoto/Adobe Stock

    Urban and Rural Districts Show Strong Divide During the Pandemic

    May 11, 2021

    As of February 2021, only 17 percent of urban school districts—compared with 42 percent of rural districts—were offering fully in-person instruction. Students Melissa Kay Diliberti and Lisa Berdie worked with colleagues to consider the implications of this disparity.

  • Moviegoers buy concessions before the movie Godzilla vs. Kong on the reopening day of the TCL Chinese theatre in Los Angeles, California, March 31, 2021, photo by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

    Stress-Testing California's COVID-19 Reopening Strategy

    May 10, 2021

    States' reopening plans vary widely. With a revised RAND decision support tool and using California as an example, students Pedro Lima and Lawrence Baker, along with Pardee RAND faculty, tested alternative plans. The best strategies did not prematurely relax measures like indoor mask-wearing; began with a high level of caution; were tied to vaccination rates; and made changes gradually.

  • Teenage girl smoking on the street, photo by Srdjanns74/Getty Images

    Use of Tobacco Products Among Unaccompanied Youth Experiencing Homelessness

    May 5, 2021

    To understand patterns of use and interest in quitting different types of tobacco products among youth experiencing homelessness, a RAND team surveyed these youth in Los Angeles County to inform efforts to reduce their use of tobacco products.

  • Network illustrations depicting online conspiracy theories, images by miakievy and Cecilia Escudero/Getty Images

    Machine Learning Can Detect Online Conspiracy Theories

    Apr 29, 2021

    As social media platforms work to prevent malicious or harmful uses of their services, an improved model of machine-learning technology can detect and understand conspiracy theory language. Insights from this modeling effort can help counter the effects of online conspiracies.

  • Manhattan beach pier closed for safety to avoid gathering of many people in one place because of COVID-19 pandemic, photo by martin-dm/Getty Images

    Seeking COVID-19 Exit Strategies for Reopening California

    Apr 27, 2021

    Students Pedro Lima and Lawrence Baker (cohort '19) worked with Pardee RAND faculty using simulation models and the Robust Decision Making (RDM) approach to stress-test California's reopening strategy and other alternatives. They found that adaptive plans that respond aggressively to initial outbreaks are required to control the pandemic.