Program Description

In December 2014, PRB announced a new program to provide policy communication training to doctoral students attending universities in the United States. The program builds on PRB’s 40-year legacy of training researchers to communicate their findings for policy change and is designed to develop skills that U.S. researchers need to communicate with U.S. policy audiences to influence policymaking.

The program has two components.

  • Workshop: A week-long workshop in Washington, DC focuses on the role of research in the U.S. policy process, and on techniques for effective communication of research findings to U.S. decisionmakers, media, and nontechnical audiences. Trainees practice distilling policy-relevant messages from their research and communicating this information in nontechnical language.
  • Practicum: During the academic year following the workshop, participants will apply the lessons learned at the Washington workshop to prepare two policy communication materials based on their dissertations or related research topics.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—National Institutes of Health (NIH) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

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2017-2018 Cohort 

In June 2017, PRB welcomed its third class of 12 fellows to Washington, DC. These highly-qualified Ph.D. students, hailing from schools across the United States, gathered at PRB in June 2017 for a week-long workshop. During the week, the Fellows learned best practices in policy communication from PRB staff, DC-based policy professionals, and experienced researchers. Activities included a mix of presentations, group exercises, individual exercises, and networking opportunities.