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Training and development at both ends of the workforce continuum

In the US, the youth (16 to 24 years old) unemployment rate has been in double-digits for the last seven years. During recessions and in weak job markets, youth are usually the first to be fired and last to be hired. While older workers (55 years...

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Shale oil and gas

In the first edition, Shale Gas: The Promise and the Peril , Vikram Rao explained that shale gas has the potential to transform the U.S. energy-based economy in the electricity, transportation, and chemical sectors. Since then, shale oil...

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A relevant data revolution for development

The paper argues that generalizing from standard tenets of big data to developing country situations should be done only with considerable caution. The emerging term of art for a careful application of big data tenets to public policy issues in...

RTI Press Occasional Paper

Safe handling of engineered nanomaterials

Protecting occupational health is one of the most important aspects of achieving the responsible development of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs), especially because workers are often among the first to be potentially exposed to these novel...

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Exhaled electronic cigarette emissions

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are a new category of nicotine delivery devices designed to closely mimic the experience of smoking conventional cigarettes. Little is known about the factors of e-cigarettes that determine non-user (...

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Gender-responsive sanitation solutions in urban India

A growing body of evidence has begun to document the specific challenges women face when accessing and using sanitation facilities, and the resultant adverse impacts on their health, safety, and productivity. In this research brief, we summarize...

RTI Press Occasional Paper

Using performance-based funding to incentivize change

Performance-based funding is a resource distribution strategy used in education to reward service providers for the outcomes they achieve. Institutions that produce above-average results earn additional financing, while those that fall short may...

RTI Press Occasional Paper


In a research setting, capitation is a payment made to a clinical center for completing a study-related task. Capitation is the main avenue for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to reimburse research costs to research centers on a per-...