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This issue takes a look at material provided by the RAND Corporation.

This is now a regular feature highlighting content owners in the PsycEXTRA® database. In this issue, we'll take a look at the contributions made by the RAND Corporation.

By their own definition, "the RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis." It's a fascinating organization. The name is a contraction of Research and Development, and it began as an outgrowth of a research project for the U.S. Army Air Forces back in 1946. By 1948 it had acquired additional support from the Ford Foundation and became an independent, nonprofit research institution with the mission of exploring the issues facing our society.

Today, it is funded as a federal research and development center and by private foundations to conduct scientific research, analysis, and development. With research units devoted to Health, Education, and Labor and Population, RAND research is a wonderful resource for PsycEXTRA.

Let's look at some of the RAND content in the PsycEXTRA database.

First thing to notice: There's a lot of it! We have more than 800 results that range from 1976 to the present. The second thing that a reader might notice is there are a variety of document sources available; they include a newsletter, press releases, report summaries, monographs, brochures, standards, testimony, and an astonishing number of reports.

To give you just a taste of the spectrum of topics RAND has been involved with (did you know they invented windsurfing?), let's look at just the top thesaurus terms that a search of their content shows.

  • Costs and Cost Analysis (60)
  • Military Personnel (57)
  • Academic Achievement (56)
  • Health Care Costs (56)
  • Educational Reform (54)
  • Policy Making (52)
  • Government Policy Making (51)
  • Drug Abuse (50)
  • Health Care Services (50)
  • Experimentation (43)
  • Quality of Care (43)

Thank you, RAND Corporation!