Children, Families, and Communities Research

Pardee RAND students and faculty help provide solutions to the social welfare and economic challenges faced by children and families, vulnerable populations, and historically marginalized communities. RAND’s work in this area, including the Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy and the Center on Housing and Homelessness, aims to understand why people make the decisions they do and how individuals and communities can increase their resilience.

Student-Faculty Research Collaborations

Through project-based research and other experiential learning opportunities, students work with faculty mentors to obtain professional skills and tacit knowledge that courses alone cannot convey. Here are a few recent projects and their resulting research.

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Are Better Health Outcomes Related to Social Expenditure?

Students Melissa Felician and Jodi L. Liu worked with professor Lois Davis and RAND Europe colleagues on research that confirms earlier findings of a positive association between higher levels of public social spending and improved health outcomes, even when this is tested in many different ways.

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Algorithm Identifies Costs, Outcomes of Falls Based on Medicare Data

Sung-Bou Kim (cohort '09) and professor Emmett Keeler developed an algorithm that uses Medicare data to identify and analyze various types of fall-related outcomes, including episodes of care, injuries, and associated costs. Furthermore, the algorithm can be applied and adopted in other fall-related studies with relative ease.

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Integrating Women into the Marine Corps Infantry

Jonathan P. Wong (cohort '12) and professors Agnes Gereben Schaefer, Jennie Wenger, and Jennifer Kavanagh found the gender integration experiences of foreign militaries — as well as U.S. civilian police and fire departments — can provide valuable lessons for the U.S. Marine Corps as it considers making more opportunities available to women.

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Faculty Mentors

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