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.

  • Evaluation of Los Angeles County's Mental Health Community Engagement Campaign

    Nov 14, 2018

    A community engagement campaign sought to increase awareness of mental health access as a civil rights issue and to increase civic engagement. Student Lauren Davis (cohort '15) and colleagues found that youth who took part showed increased supportive and understanding attitudes toward mental illness, and empowerment and mobilization toward activism around mental health issues.

  • Evaluating Savings Associated with LA County's Mental Health Programs

    Oct 30, 2018

    Los Angeles used its Mental Health Services Act funds to expand access to Full Service Partnership programs. Student Gulrez Azhar (cohort '14) and colleagues estimated that, over a five-year period, program outcomes were associated with $82.9 million cost savings, a 24 percent reduction in government spending.

  • Universities Are Improving Training of Future School Principals

    Oct 30, 2018

    Student Rachel Perera worked with Prof. Susan Gates and RAND colleagues to evaluate the University Principal Preparation Initiative, in which seven universities are beginning to change their principal preparation programs to better reflect the real-world demands of the job.

  • How to Solve the Water Crisis in Gaza

    Sep 26, 2018

    Gaza has long had water and sanitation challenges, but today it's in a state of emergency. Research by alumni Shira Efron (cohort '11) and Jordan Fischbach ('04), student Rouslan Karimov ('15), and Prof. Melinda Moore finds that the crisis could be resolved through infrastructure investment, but political complications and other barriers remain.

  • Alumni Evaluate Health Care Payment Reform Pilot

    Aug 31, 2018

    California's Global Payment Program seeks to improve health care for the state's uninsured by providing funds for both traditional and non-traditional services, settings, and providers. Alumni Jodi Liu (cohort '12) and Denise Quigley ('91) conducted a mid-point evaluation that found broad improvement.

  • How Can Workers' Compensation Systems Promote Occupational Safety and Health?

    Aug 31, 2018

    Student Nicolas Broten (cohort '15) helped assess the challenges that workers' compensation stakeholder groups have identified, as well as which policy options and research efforts are most important for reforming workers' compensation policy to promote the well-being of workers.

  • Is the USAF Flying Force Large Enough?

    Aug 28, 2018

    The U.S. military has mostly operated at a high operational tempo since the end of the Cold War, and there appears to be no significant reduction in demand on the horizon. This report draws on historical data to quantify gaps in the U.S. Air Force's capacity to meet potential future demands.

  • New York's Proposed Single-Payer Plan Could Expand Coverage Without More Spending

    Aug 1, 2018

    The New York Health Act could provide insurance to all New York State residents without increasing overall spending if administrative costs are reduced and growth in provider payment rates is restrained, according to research by alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12), student Jamie Ryan ('17), and professors Christine Eibner, Sarah Nowak, and Chapin White. New taxes, instead of premiums and out-of-pocket payments, would finance the program.

  • Building Resilience in an Urban Coastal Environment

    Jul 31, 2018

    Research by alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) examines the potential effects of climate change and sea level rise on flood risk, ecosystems, and water quality in New York City's Jamaica Bay, and how flood risk can be reduced while also improving water quality, restoring habitat, and improving resilience to extreme weather events.

  • Developing a Manual for Cultural Analysis

    Jul 9, 2018

    Drawing from cognitive and evolutionary anthropology traditions, the authors describe a set of tools capable of dealing with cultural data at various emergent levels. Many techniques are known in the published literature, but this is the first time they have been organized into a single manual structured around a formally theorized notion of culture.

  • Adapting to a Changing Climate in Southeast Florida

    Jun 6, 2018

    Florida's Miami-Dade and Broward counties are vulnerable to flooding and intrusion of saltwater into drinking water. These risks are driven by sea level rise, changes in precipitation, and urban development. Alum David Groves (cohort '01) and colleagues ask, how can the region adapt?

  • Bridge to Opportunities: Connecting Probationers to High-Wage Jobs

    May 25, 2018

    Probation agencies face significant challenges to helping their clients find jobs, and earn living wages. Student Lisa Jonsson (cohort '14) and colleagues highlight one program in the construction industry that aimed to improve the earning potential of individuals on probation in Sacramento County, California.

  • Additive Manufacturing in 2040: Powerful Enabler, Disruptive Threat

    May 8, 2018

    Student Luke Irwin (cohort '16) and professors Troy Smith and Trevor Johnston examined the future of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. If it continues to develop along its current trends, they write, it could profoundly alter the global economy, international security, and the organization of society.

  • Understanding Government Telework

    Apr 23, 2018

    Alum Bonnie Triezenberg (cohort '14) contributed to a report examining U.S. government practices regarding working from home, the benefits of these policies, and their possible challenges—especially for employees in the national security sector.

  • How the U.S. Air Force Could Retain More Female Officers

    Apr 10, 2018

    Women are underrepresented among the Air Force's senior leadership compared with their representation among the lower ranks. Alum Stefan Zavislan (cohort '14) helped conduct focus groups with female officers, which identified key retention factors and potential ways to improve Air Force policies and programs to address female officer retention.

  • Is Climate Restoration an Appropriate Policy Goal?

    Apr 6, 2018

    Climate restoration seeks to return atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases to preindustrial levels within one to two generations. Prof. Robert Lempert explores whether this is a suitable goal for humanity's response to climate change.

  • How Do Calorie Labels Affect Consumers?

    Mar 28, 2018

    In standard restaurant settings, displaying the calorie content on restaurant menus slightly reduced the amount ordered without affecting consumer satisfaction, according to research by alum Helen Wu (cohort '07), students Crystal Huang ('13) and Cameron Wright ('12), and Prof. Roland Sturm.

  • Evaluation of Mental Health Service Act in L.A. County Shows Services Reaching Those in Need

    Mar 13, 2018

    Los Angeles County uses Mental Health Services Act funds programs to reach at-risk populations. Students Gulrez Shah Azhar and Margaret Chamberlin found that the county was able to offer services and prevention efforts that lowered both homelessness and the need for psychiatric hospitalizations, while improving employment and wellbeing.

  • The Science of Gun Policy

    Mar 2, 2018

    What does the scientific evidence tell us about the effects of gun policies? Students Eric Apaydin, John Speed Meyers, and Rouslan Karimov worked on the RAND Gun Policy in America initiative, coauthoring a report that assesses the available evidence for the effects of commonly proposed gun laws on firearm deaths, violent crime, suicide, the gun industry, hunting and sport shooting, and other outcomes.

  • Are New York Health Providers Ready to Meet Veterans' Needs?

    Mar 1, 2018

    Few civilian health providers in New York are ready to provide timely, quality care to veterans, according to research by student Erin Duffy (cohort '15) and RAND colleagues. More than 90 percent of providers were accepting new patients. But only about 2 percent met all criteria for effectively serving veterans.

  • Designing and Implementing Corequisite Models of Developmental Education

    Feb 23, 2018

    Alum Lindsey Daugherty (cohort '05) and students Diana Gehlhaus Carew ('15) and Alexandra Mendoza-Graf ('16) examined the implementation of integrated reading and writing corequisites—a reform to developmental education that accelerates students into college-level courses, while providing academic support—in Texas community colleges.

  • How Does U.S. Military Presence Affect Conflict?

    Feb 15, 2018

    Stationing U.S. forces can be an effective tool in deterring state aggression, but this doesn't appear to reduce the risk of intrastate conflict, according to research coauthored by student Jakub Hlavka (cohort '14). There is also an important trade-off: U.S. troop presence may provoke more militarized activities short of war.

  • Evaluating Progress Toward Increasing Global Contraceptive Use

    Feb 5, 2018

    In 2013, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched two programs to help monitor progress toward a global goal to increase modern contraceptive use by 2020. Students Bill Gelfeld, Michele Abbott, Gabriela Armenta, Rouslan I. Karimov, Adeyemi Okunogbe, Uzaib Saya, and Mahlet A. Woldetsadik evaluated these programs and found opportunities for improvement.

  • Examining the Food-Energy-Water and Conflict Nexus

    Jan 31, 2018

    Student Michele Abbott (cohort '14) used the Pardee RAND Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Index to identify a positive, significant correlation between FEW security and political stability, and reviewed the evidence for how each of these three types of resource insecurities affects political and social stability.

  • Obesity May Be 'Socially Contagious'

    Jan 25, 2018

    Alum Ashlesha Datar (cohort '99) and Prof. Nancy Nicosia found that people who move to a high-obesity area are more likely to become overweight or obese. This may be due, in part, to “social contagion.” Living in a community where obesity is more common may make inactivity, poor diet, and being overweight or obese more socially acceptable.