Public Sector

RAND provides services to government agencies around the world, including in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. We also operate four federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) that assist the U.S. government with scientific research, analysis, and development.

春秋棋牌官方平台Our clients are at global, federal, and state and local levels.

Global Client Services

The world has become more complex and interconnected. As a result, decisionmakers, program managers, and administrators around the globe find themselves seeking answers to difficult questions, such as:

春秋棋牌官方平台Helping governments and NGOs improve health, security, and prosperity for nations, communities and individuals around the world

  • How can we develop public policies and programs that align with societal goals?
  • Which programmatic and infrastructure investments will have the greatest impact on public well-being?
  • Are the social, economic, educational, and environmental programs we support producing results?
  • How can we predict and plan for long-term population needs?

Throughout our long history, RAND's international work has spanned a wide range of disciplines, from economic and social policy to public health and security. Much of this work focuses on emerging challenges facing regions, governments, and NGOs around the world, such as arresting the spread of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, fostering public health collaboration in Southeast Asia, and anticipating future security requirements of the government in Afghanistan.

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U.S. Federal Client Services

From health care to national security to energy and the environment, the range of issues facing federal agencies has expanded dramatically as the world becomes more complex and interconnected. Decisionmakers find themselves seeking answers to challenging questions, such as:

Helping federal agencies accomplish their missions and contribute to a more secure, healthier, and prosperous future

  • How can we operate more efficiently?
  • How can we best respond to congressional mandates or executive orders?
  • How can we deliver services to the public and constituent groups more effectively?
  • How can we prioritize mission goals in the face of limited resources?
  • Are the social, economic, educational, and environmental programs we have in place producing results?
  • How can we anticipate and plan for changes coming in the future?

RAND was created to help the federal government address policy challenges. Throughout our long history, RAND's work for governments has spanned a wide range of disciplines, from economic and social policy to national defense and security. Much of our work continues to focus on helping government agencies respond to pressing policy problems.

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Supporting State and Local Decisionmakers

春秋棋牌官方平台In the face of shrinking budgets, increased demand for basic services, and new challenges posed by environmental changes, state and local governments and community organizations across the United States must ask tough questions:

Helping states and localities make the best choices possible

  • How should we set policy priorities?
  • How can we deliver services more efficiently?
  • How can we improve the quality of public programs?
  • How can we manage our workforce more effectively?
  • What can research tell us about what works to address our unique set of issues?

春秋棋牌官方平台Beginning with its work in New York City in the early 1970s, RAND has partnered with communities across the United States, helping them come to grips with longstanding problems and new challenges posed by sudden change. For decades, RAND has used its analytic expertise to help states and localities diagnose policy problems, identify alternatives, and implement solutions.

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Portfolio of Work

  • Aerial view of Santa Monica city and beach
    Strategic Planning

    Measuring Wellbeing to Help Communities Thrive

    春秋棋牌官方平台The city of Santa Monica wanted to incorporate wellbeing into city planning, policies, and programs. RAND researchers, as part of a team of experts, helped create a framework for measuring wellbeing and applying the findings to city planning.

  • Depressed woman talking to her therapist
    Policy Analysis

    Improving Psychological Wellbeing and Work Outcomes in the UK

    春秋棋牌官方平台Mental illness is increasing among the working-age population in the United Kingdom and is associated with high economic and social costs; it is one of the leading reasons that people claim sickness benefits.

  • Deploying soldiers test new female body armor prototype
    Technology Assessment and Development

    Lightening Body Armor

    春秋棋牌官方平台Soldiers serving in Afghanistan regularly marched carrying more than 100 pounds of arms and equipment. Approximately one third of that burden is body armor. How can the weight of body armor be reduced without risking the lives of the soldiers it protects?

  • Young students using crayons with their teacher
    Program Evaluation

    Improving Access to Early Childhood Education

    春秋棋牌官方平台Achievement gaps between disadvantaged and advantaged students in language arts and mathematics can form early, with some children trailing behind in school readiness measures when they enter kindergarten. Despite fiscal constraints, an increase in the funding for effective preschool programs can help to close these gaps and reduce costs later on.

  • A younger man helping an elderly man who is using a walker
    Economic Analysis

    Planning for the Rising Costs of Dementia

    Dementia is a chronic disease of aging that reduces cognitive function, leaving people unable to tend to even their most basic, everyday needs. A RAND-led research team developed the most precise estimate to date of the economic burden of the disease.

  • Airmen perform warehouse location checks at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., June 25, 2013
    Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization

    Dispersing War Reserve Materiel

    春秋棋牌官方平台Prepositioning of war reserve materiel is essential to rapid deployment of U.S. forces, but the existing centralized storage posture is not well suited to unpredictable deployments. Would dispersed storage be a better option?

  • Sailors aboard the USS San Jacinto pray for suicide victims during a suicide prevention and awareness event called Walk Out of Darkness
    Policy Analysis

    Addressing the Invisible Wounds of War

    Before 2007, little was known about how the availability of behavioral health services compared with the need among returning troops—or about the consequences to the nation if these needs were not met.

  • A man stressed in his office covering his eyes
    Policy Analysis

    Improving Workers' Compensation Policies for Workers, Businesses, Government

    Many state workers' compensation systems face significant challenges as medical and administrative costs have risen. California sought RAND advice in improving its system to save both public and private funds, while also improving the quality of care for injured workers.

  • The last C-130E Hercules at Hurlburt Field, Fla., prepares for its final take off March 4, 2013, prior to retirement
    Cost Analysis

    Replacing the C-130E

    春秋棋牌官方平台The C-130 fleet performs critical air mobility functions for the nation, but part of that fleet is at risk from age-related factors. Which alternative aircraft would provide the required performance at lowest cost?

  • calculus teacher at the chalkboard
    Survey Research

    Evaluating the Effectiveness of Teacher Pay-for-Performance

    春秋棋牌官方平台RAND's substantial body of work on teacher pay-for-performance provides policymakers with a strong evidence base on the design, implementation, and potential results of pay-for-performance programs.

  • A ballistic missile target is launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on October 3, 2013
    Strategic Planning

    Managing Escalation in Crisis and War

    The risks of military escalation are more diverse today than during the Cold War. What steps can policymakers take to help prevent escalation in military confrontations and wars?

  • Paratroopers exit a C-130 aircraft at Al Asad Airbase, Iraq, as part of an airborne training exercise
    Strategic Planning

    Measuring Troop Deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan

    春秋棋牌官方平台How "big" were the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? To prepare for future conflicts, the U.S. Army needed to know exactly how far it extended itself in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

  • An elderly Mexican woman
    Survey Research

    Reducing Poverty Among Mexico's Elderly

    春秋棋牌官方平台Mexico is undergoing unprecedented demographic changes and advancements that have raised life expectancy, but a larger percentage of Mexico's elderly is poor and rural, and many lack the social safety nets available to urban seniors. An experiment to reform to Mexico's social security system is helping to alleviate political and social instability.

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    Program Evaluation

    Assessing and Articulating the Wider Benefits of Research

    春秋棋牌官方平台In times of austerity, when every budget is being cut or under close scrutiny, higher education institutions are being asked to prove that their research programmes are valuable to society. RAND's Impact Finder helps to measure the benefits and impacts of research for the broader population.

  • Sunrise over Louisiana wetlands
    Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization

    Helping Coastal Communities Plan for Climate Change

    春秋棋牌官方平台The vulnerability of coastal residents to loss of life and property damage from storm-surge flooding has already proven extensive in recent years. RAND has helped policymakers determine what mix of hurricane risk reduction and coastal restoration projects can reduce hurricane damage risk and rebuild coastal land, recognizing budget constraints.