CAMPAIGN PRIORITY

We must strengthen and
safeguard communities.

At the local level, communities are already experiencing global problems such as rising social and economic inequity, unsustainable cities, and the health needs of an aging population. Local communities are also pressing for quality education, sustainable jobs, and a responsive policing and criminal justice system.

Recognizing that community members possess knowledge and wisdom that hold keys to real and sustainable change, RAND is focused on forming full and equal partnerships with them. Together we will develop policy solutions to the issues that matter most to their communities—and that might go on to inform solutions for the world at large.

Key themes for this priority

RACIAL EQUITY

RAND is deepening our commitment to racial equity through the establishment of the RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy. The center seeks to develop and apply diverse approaches and solutions that will build racial equity-based systems and policies for the future.

THE FUTURE OF WORK

Markets will increasingly require new ways of designing jobs, training workforces, and structuring organizations in response to disruptions such as robotics, machine learning, the rise of the gig economy, and more.

MENTAL HEALTH

The number of Americans with mental health problems is on the rise, and tragic stories of individuals who suffer from untreated illnesses register with the public. What does a new generation of responsive, equitable treatment solutions look like?

AGING AND LONGEVITY

In many places throughout the world, people are living longer. Yet with longer lives come increasing demands on employment, health systems, and social safety nets—and an even more fundamental question, “How to prepare mentally, physically, and financially for the additional decades at our disposal?”

CLIMATE AND MASS MIGRATION

Climate change is poised to become the single greatest driver of mass migration in coming years. As numbers reach crisis proportions, how can societies avoid upheaval and strife while continuing to pursue economic development?

Representative funding opportunities

THE RAND CENTER FOR THE WORKFORCE AND THE WORKPLACE OF THE FUTURE

Benefit:

New programs and policies that help Americans deal with the changing nature of work

The center will bring together researchers who focus on education policy, labor markets, technology, social welfare programs, and long-term planning with American employers and workers to develop new workforce and workplace solutions.

Desired outcome:

A better, more aligned mix of available jobs and skilled workers to help people earn living wages

THE RAND VETERAN POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Benefit:

A dedicated and strategic focus on helping veterans tackle a complex set of challenges

Adverse consequences of military service take a high toll on individuals, families, and society. The institute will conduct top-tier research and apply innovative analytic tools to inform the future of benefits and services for all veterans. Goals will include reducing veteran suicide, ending veteran homelessness, and transforming systems of care for veterans.

Desired outcome:

More and better options to improve the lives of millions of veterans

THE RAND CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS ON HOMELESSNESS

Benefit:

An effective approach to persistent challenges facing homeless individuals

RAND will build upon its existing research on homelessness to examine the challenges surrounding it. These challenges include mental illness, economic loss, substance abuse, deteriorating physical health, and lack of access to health care.

Desired outcome:

Improved health and economic outcomes for the homeless

RAND CENTER TO ADVANCE RACIAL EQUITY POLICY CHAIR, FELLOWSHIP, AND CIVIC ROTATION

Benefit:

Advance methods and policy solutions that can address systemic racism, promote policy leadership skills to advance racial equity, and offer research and analysis support to collaborating organizations committed to racial equity-based systems and policies.

The center will use research, engagement, and policy development activities to identify and apply effective approaches for reimagining systems and policies that place racial equity at the center, foster dialogue within and outside of RAND about advancing racial equity-based systems and policies, and promote the development of current and future policy leaders with the skills to advance racial equity-based systems and policies.

Desired outcome:

Develop and apply approaches and solutions that build racial equity-based systems and policies for the future.

RAND CHAIR ON MIGRATION POLICY

Benefit:

New research and analysis into how migration affects economies, societies, and national security

An expanded research agenda will examine migration due to climate change, policies and practices at the U.S. southern border, and the prospects for refugees and internally displaced persons.

Desired outcome:

Better and safer long-term outcomes for the millions of migrants throughout the world

CLIMATE POLICY LAB

Benefit:

Timely analysis of climate policy proposals to make communities more resilient

Merging policy and technology, the lab will analyze ways to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions as well as ways to adapt to change. Through comment, convening experts, and outreach to decisionmakers, the lab will improve policy discourse.

Desired outcome:

Strengthening local communities for billions of people

FACULTY LEADERS PROGRAM

Benefit:

New voices in public policy with the skills to effect positive change

Led by the Pardee RAND Graduate School, the Faculty Leaders Program empowers educators with tools that provide policy expertise and establishes a network of networks with the goal of empowering communities of color through representation on the public policy stage. The program connects an array of educators across disciplines, from the social sciences to mathematics to engineering and the humanities.

Desired outcome:

Increased policy knowledge, awareness, and action in and around marginalized communities through faculty leaders