A new research center at the RAND Corporation will seek more specific answers on the effectiveness of various policy initiatives to combat the opioid crisis.
A news release this week from the policy research and analysis organization states that the RAND Opioid Policy Tools and Information Center will develop methods for assessing the specific impact of individual policies when a state is implementing multiple opioid-fighting strategies at the same time. Researchers at the center also will seek to explain why some policies work well in some communities but not others.
“Combating the opioid crisis requires developing ways to help decision-makers identify which policies are most effective and under what circumstances,” said center director Bradley Stein. “This includes identifying policies that have little effect, in addition to well-intentioned policies that may have unintended negative consequences.”
The new center will create a simulation tool to inform methods that opioid policy researchers use to identify the most effective policies for addressing the crisis.