Rand Wins $7 Million For Multiyear Youth And Parenting Studies


A nonprofit study group called the RAND Corporation has announced the start of nationally representative survey panels for teens, young adults, and parents of school-age children. The purpose of these panels is to find out how people feel about school, college, starting a career, and current events.

The American Youth Panel will have 4,000 youth ages 12 to 21 (with oversampling in California, Florida, New York, and Texas), thanks to a seven-year, $7 million gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The American Parent Panel will have 2,000 parents of youth ages 12 to 17. RAND Survey Panels now runs six panels whose members do polls on topics that policymakers, public officials, and academics are interested in.

“Getting young people’s opinions is hard. “Youth surveys can give us unique, useful information that can lead to changes in education policy if they are done right,” said Darleen Opfer, vice president and head of RAND Center for Education and Labor. “The new panel builds on RAND and partner knowledge of education policy and RAND’s experience with high-quality survey panels that are representative of the whole country.”

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