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GET TO KNOW: The RAND Corporation

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. With a research staff consisting of some of the world’s preeminent minds, RAND focuses on the issues that matter most, such as health and health care, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more. RAND research, experts, and ideas can be a valuable resource to officials at all levels of government, including Attorneys General and their staff.

RAND’s Beginnings

The name “RAND” comes from a loose contraction of the term “research and development.” Project RAND began after World War II as a special initiative within the Douglas Aircraft Company of Santa Monica, Calif. The purpose was to continue in peacetime the advances in knowledge that civilian research scientists had been recruited to develop during the war.

Early research was conducted for only one client—the U.S. Army Air Forces—and focused exclusively on U.S. national security. In 1948, Project RAND separated from Douglas Aircraft and became the RAND Corporation, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting scientific, educational, and charitable purposes for the public welfare.

RAND subsequently diversified its research focus and for more than six decades has used scientific analysis to help individuals, families, and communities throughout the world be safer, healthier, and more prosperous.

RAND Today

Approximately 1,600 people from more than 50 countries work at RAND, representing diversity in work experience; academic training; and political and ideological outlook. Research is supported by a global clientele that includes government agencies, foundations, private-sector firms, and individual philanthropists.

RAND’s work is conducted in the public interest and all of its non-classified findings, recommendations and reports are available to read and download at www.rand.org. More than 4.2 million documents were downloaded from www.rand.org last year.

RAND is a Resource for Policymakers

RAND research and analysis can provide timely input to decisions confronting government officials. Attorneys General and their staff can draw on RAND expertise in a variety of ways:

  • Download a RAND report or Research Brief at www.rand.org. More than 10,000 documents are available for free download. Materials are searchable by research area, key word, and author. Some recent analyses likely to be of special interest to Attorneys General have focused on: the economic implications of marijuana legalization in California; an empirical assessment of the impact of improved patient safety on medical malpractice litigation; and an overview and evaluation of asbestos bankruptcy trusts.
  • Attend a briefing. Each year, RAND experts make hundreds of presentations to decisionmakers and thought leaders on issues of local, national, and global concern. Attend the Washington D.C.-based RAND Congressional Briefing Series held monthly on Capitol Hill, or catch the rebroadcast at your convenience via streaming video or audio podcast at www.rand.org, on YouTube, or through iTunes.
  • Sign up for email alerts on the issues you care about. RAND offers electronic newsletters in more than a dozen different issue areas to bring you new findings and analysis as they become available. Subscribe for free at www.rand.org/publications/email.html.
  • Request a meeting with a RAND expert. Based on their expertise and research, RAND researchers can offer ideas and feedback about policies and legislation. Meetings can be arranged in-person or by phone or video conference. You can also consider engaging a RAND expert as a speaker for your next event.

To learn more about RAND, or for assistance navigating RAND’s resources, contact Nancy Camm, RAND Office of External Affairs, at nancy_camm@rand.org or Benjamin Pietrzyk, RAND Office of External Affairs, at benjamin_pietrzyk@rand.org.

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