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Sample Products and Collaborations

FRD creates a wide range of products in service of its research, analysis, and translation activities, ranging from written briefs to complex data analyses. Recent examples are highlighted below.

Bias, Discrimination, and Violence Against LGBTQI+ Communities

The US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) engaged FRD to study issues related to bias, discrimination, and violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) communities worldwide. This research addresses global patterns and trends in bias, discrimination, and violence perpetrated against LGBTQI+ individuals, with a focus on the roles played by state institutions, particularly criminal justice systems. FRD’s report explores dynamics that can lead to bias, discrimination, and violence against LGBTQI+ community members and identifies and evaluates the effectiveness of alternatives available to state actors to foster safe and secure LGBTQI+ communities.

Barriers to Naturalization: A Review of the Literature

The Strategy and Evaluation Division (SED) of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency, a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), contracted FRD for research and analytical support to produce a literature review on barriers to naturalization both before and after starting the application process. The analysis in this report, “Barriers to Naturalization: A Review of the Literature,” is based upon a review of research published within a fifteen-year period from 2008 to 2022. In line with its mission, SED will use the report to identify problems and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of USCIS programs and policies.

Federal Library Directory

In fiscal year 2022, the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) contracted the Federal Research Division (FRD) to update its Federal Library Directory and develop an interactive mapping tool to display library locations. The aim of this effort, which involved surveying federal libraries, is to promote federal library collaboration and discovery. The resulting directory and mapping tool are a best representation of the federal library community. FRD and FEDLINK continue to update the directory and map.

Addressing Sexual Assault in U.S. Military

In July 2021, after conducting a three-month assessment of the U.S. military’s current treatment of sexual assault and sexual harassment, Hard Truths and the Duty to Change: Recommendations from the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military was released. Two months after the report’s publication, the DoD’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), which is responsible for implementing the report’s many recommendations, partnered with FRD for research and evaluation assistance that will deliver actionable program data for and guidance on implementing four of the commission’s recommendations:

  • Defining the competencies leaders must have to oversee prevention,
  • Developing a model for a dedicated and capable prevention workforce,
  • Instituting a “Commander’s Package” with recommendations for victim care and support, and
  • Developing training to build the capacity of Sexual Assault Response Coordinators and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocates to provide culturally competent care to all service members.

Catastrophic Events Impacting Transportation Infrastructure: Understanding Funding and Risk Management Approaches

Extreme weather, such as hurricanes and wildfires, and catastrophic events, such as earthquakes, pose an increasing threat to transportation infrastructure in the United States. To support future planning, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) contracted the Federal Research Division to conduct a comprehensive overview and detailed analysis of methods used to determine financial risk with respect to rare, catastrophic events that damage infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and tunnels. FRD reviewed literature on insurance modeling and risk financing for natural disasters, publicly available data from FHWA and FEMA, and other government reporting. The report includes a set of case studies on domestic and international examples of risk management approaches, a comparative analysis of insurance outcomes from Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, and a consideration of climate change impacts for risk management.

POW/MIA Database Migrated to

This article, from the April 29, 2022 edition of the Gazette—a weekly internal publication for Library staff—details FRD’s work on the Vietnam-Era Prisoner-of-War/Missing-in-Action Database over the last thirty years and its efforts to turn the database into an official Library collection. It also highlights the critical support this online accessibility has provided to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2022, FRD Named in First Public Interagency Report Advancing Global LGBTQI+ Rights

On April 28, 2022, the White House announced the release of the first public report outlining federal interagency efforts in support of President Biden’s Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons Around the World. This historic report profiles U.S. government efforts to preserve global LGBTQI+ human rights and includes FRD’s evidence-based violence reduction research conducted in partnership with the Department of State.

Crossed Wires: China's Investments in the Canadian Technology Sector

This issue brief reviews Chinese investments in Canada’s rapidly growing technology sector and related implications for Canadian and U.S. national security.

Evaluating the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition Program

This report presents the results of an evaluation of the Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, a $10.5 million program aimed at supporting the U.S. startup community.

Glossary of English-Spanish Financial Terms

This document is an English-Spanish glossary of consumer financial materials prepared for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). CFPB uses the glossary to ensure consistency as it translates consumer education materials from English to Spanish. It is a publicly shared resource designed to help people and organizations that provide financial information to those who have more language proficiency in Spanish than in English.

Sex Offender Registration and Notification Policies

FRD reviewed and assessed literature in two subject areas: first, the potential impacts of sex offender registration and notification on adult and juvenile offenders; second, states' efforts to implement the various standards and requirements detailed in the 2006 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

Research on Claimed Impacts on Registered Offenders

Research on Claimed Housing Impacts on Registered Offenders

Publications on Implementation Challenges for States

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