CAMPAIGN PRIORITY

RAND must be able to act
on fast-breaking and
unpredictable priorities.

Throughout RAND’s history, we have developed groundbreaking solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems, often shaping the course of events in profound ways. Beginning with experts on a broader range of policy issues than any other research organization, we have the talent, tools, and ambition to confront complexity with sustained research and analysis. Today, however, the situations we face are without precedent. To ensure we can address them forcefully when they arise, we will direct a portion of our funding to discretionary uses and initiatives we can scale flexibly.

 

Key themes for this priority

PEOPLE

The RAND organization includes brilliant, provocative, and highly esteemed researchers, many of them internationally recognized for their global leadership in government, business, social welfare, and academia as well as for their policy work. Many teach at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. They are true drivers of change.

IMPACT

RAND focuses on a simple but vital purpose: to make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. We aim to uphold this purpose through every initiative our campaign touches.

THE FUTURE OF RAND

Our mission calls for us to champion objective analysis even as governments and other institutions appear less committed to it. The future of RAND hinges on providing ideas, approaches, and road maps to benefit individuals, societies, and the international community.

 

Representative funding opportunities

ENDOWED RAND LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

Benefit:

Helps drive resources to mission-focused work

Funding will support RAND’s long-term planning for research divisions, centers, and institutes dedicated to emerging needs and topics.

Desired outcome:

Better research and analysis through enhanced leadership and mentorship

ENDOWED POLICY CHAIRS AND FELLOWS

Benefit:

Supports distinguished scholars in their research and analysis

RAND will award Distinguished Chairs to senior analysts of distinction. These individuals are researchers whose commitment, passion, and innovation have been recognized by other leaders in their fields.

Desired outcome:

Enhanced ability to retain and recruit top researchers in specific policy areas

IMPACT AWARDS

Benefit:

: Extends work on completed projects to give them a boost in visibility and reach

Funding allows RAND teams to respond to new windows of opportunity, updating and synthesizing completed research, disseminating the results to policymakers, and assisting in capacity building and policy implementation.

Desired outcome:

: Transforming ahead-of-the-curve policy solutions into action when the timing is right or when a window of opportunity emerges

 

CAPITAL INVESTMENT

Benefit:

Enables RAND’s facilities to more fully support state-of-the-art policy research and analysis needs

Breakthrough insights in research as well as the ongoing development of applicable technologies may warrant selective investments in RAND’s physical infrastructure.

Desired outcome:

Ensuring the future of policy research and education

RAND ARCHIVES

Benefit:

Creates an accessible new space for our archives and maintains them for years to come

RAND maintains an archive spanning its 70-year history at its Santa Monica headquarters as well as online. By making the archives more accessible both digitally and physically, RAND can increase visibility for the institution and the work we do.

Desired outcome:

Further inspiration and support for research and analysis by others

DESIGNATED DISCRETIONARY FUNDING

Benefit:

Supports RAND’s ability to take the long view, tackle tough and often controversial topics, and share findings in innovative and compelling ways

Unrestricted support is the driving force behind RAND’s ability to innovate and excel and plays a critical role in maintaining RAND’s stature as a global leader in public policy.

Desired outcome:

Immediate response to extraordinary and unexpected opportunities