RAND Issues COVID-19 State Policy Evaluation Tool
May 7, 2020
In recent weeks, all levels of government have spent numerous hours discussing the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 to communities nationwide. In the midst of these necessary conversations, the RAND Corporation released a state policy evaluation tool to assist in weighing those two factors.
The tool aims to support policy decisions by providing guidance for creating recovery plans. Using epidemiological and economic models, as well as qualitative policy analysis, the tool will review efficacy, costs and potential unintended consequences of several different interventions, ranging from social distancing to isolation. The model will generate estimates for the projected changes in interventions and its impact on COVID-19 infections, fatalities, hospitalizations, and gross state income.
Specifically, this tool can be used for the following:
- Review updated public health and economic data by state
- Model the social and economic effects of changing intervention levels
- Evaluate best-practice guidelines for interventions (when to start, when to end, etc.)
- Compare other policy considerations for interventions
The RAND Corporation will continue to update their tool with current data to ensure the modeling is accurate.