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Title Strategically aligned family research : supporting soldier and family quality of life research for policy decisionmaking / Carra S. Sims, Anny Wong, Sarah H. Bana, John D. Winkler.

Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xix, 68 pages)
Series Books at JSTOR Open Access
Notes "RAND Arroyo Center."
"This project was conducted within RAND Arroyo Center's Manpower and Training Program"--Preface.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 63-68).
Contents Introduction -- Linking army strategic goals and QOL -- Meeting user needs and systemic challenges -- Aligning research to improve decisionmaking -- Conclusions and recommendations -- Appendix A: List of organizations interviewed -- Appendix B: Protocol for semi-structured discussions with Army and OSD officials -- Appendix C: Sample Army and OSD research -- Appendix D: Protocol for semi-structured discussions with non-DoD respondents -- Appendix E: Some definitions of research from federal regulations -- Appendix F: Major reference research roadmaps.
Summary The Army spends hundreds of millions of dollars annually on soldier and family support or quality of life (QOL) programs intended to ease the stress of military life and thereby enhance well-being, improve readiness, and sustain recruiting and retention. However, research in support of these programs to determine needs, access, and effectiveness is fragmented, duplicative, and at times lacking in quality or depth of analysis. The Army leadership wants to develop a research agenda to inform the Army of the QOL needs of soldiers and families, help gauge the success of programs, improve coordination of research efforts, and determine how best to allocate resources to achieve its objectives. This analysis concludes that the Army currently lacks a clear awareness of relevant research on soldier and family QOL, and it also lacks the institutional mechanisms and resources to systematically collect and synthesize data and analysis to inform decisionmaking. Furthermore, both domain-specific research and a broader, more holistic understanding of QOL-to put domain-specific research in context-are critical. As a first step, we recommend that the Army develop an explicitly agreed-upon lexicon, outcomes, and metrics to identify and develop relevant research to inform intra- and interorganizational discussions and decisionmaking on QOL. The Army should also consider adopting a comprehensive approach to needs assessment to develop a holistic picture of support service gaps and their relative importance to well-being.
Other author Sims, Carra S., author.
Wong, Anny, 1968- author.
Bana, Sarah H., author.
Winkler, John D., 1953- author.
Arroyo Center. Manpower and Training Program.
Rand Corporation.
United States. Army.
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Families of military personnel -- Services for -- United States -- Evaluation.
Families of military personnel -- United States -- Social conditions.
Quality of life -- Research -- United States.
Social indicators -- Research -- United States.
Soldiers -- Services for -- United States -- Evaluation.
Soldiers -- United States -- Social conditions.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780833077899 (electronic bk.)
0833077899 (electronic bk.)
9780833081148 (electronic bk.)
0833081144 (electronic bk.)