USAID announced that the 11-member consortium, led by the NORC research institute at the University of Chicago, will establish and manage a Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) under a four-year award worth up to $24 million.
Timely Research. Actionable Evidence. Development Impact.
The Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) supports USAID’s Missions, Bureaus, and Independent Offices to make evidence-based decisions.
MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator will help accelerate future improvements by ensuring information generated by the MOMENTUM suite of awards reaches the right people at the right times in the right formats to inform good decisions.
Barbara Seligman, Project director and PRB vice president for International Programs
MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator is part of a suite of awards that builds the capacity of national and local partners in low- and middle-income countries to identify and scale up maternal, neonatal, and child health interventions with the greatest impact on saving lives.
“In the past two decades, the world has seen tremendous improvement in the health of women and children. MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator will help accelerate future improvements by ensuring information generated by the MOMENTUM suite of awards reaches the right people at the right times in the right formats to inform good decisions,” said Barbara Seligman, project director and PRB vice president for International Programs. “The MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator team combines expertise in translating data to propel action, with excellence in strengthening developing-country health monitoring and evaluation systems and leadership in health innovation and adaptive learning.”
Among the MOMENTUM awards, MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator will play a unique role, coordinating the systematic collection, analysis, synthesis, translation, and sharing of data and learning across the entire suite. This role includes collaborating with all MOMENTUM awards to tell the collective story of MOMENTUM’s impact on maternal and child health, voluntary family planning, and reproductive health at the global and country levels.
PRB leads a dynamic team that includes JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc., and Ariadne Labs, the innovation center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as core partners. Together, the team will support the MOMENTUM suite in building on existing evidence and best practices, introducing new ideas and approaches, and facilitating adaptive learning and management of interventions to improve the health of women and children.
The PACE Project Website and Country Programs
Under PACE, PRB works closely with global actors, national and local governments, USAID missions, and civil society to build champions, bridge sectors, and distill evidence through data-driven, innovative products. PACE strengthens capacities in advocacy, policy communication, and negotiation, and increases commitments to multisectoral approaches such as Population, Health, and Environment and the demographic dividend.
PACE produces original analysis and targeted communication materials to examine variations in adolescent fertility throughout Nepal. Together with local partners, PACE works to ensure that Nepal’s policies and programs use this new information on adolescent fertility to strengthen family planning programs and keep girls in school as the country promotes sustainable, equitable economic growth and development.
In Kenya, PACE works with national and subnational partners to ensure that sustained access to quality family planning and reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health is enshrined in Kenya’s policies and programs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and Kenya’s Vision 2030. PACE is recognized as a key partner supporting Kenya’s Journey to Self-Reliance.
The Sahel Faith ENGAGE initiative supports policy dialogue about faith and family planning in three countries—Guinea, Mali, and Mauritania—working with a task force of religious leaders, youth, and government representatives contributing to an enabling environment for policies and programs supportive of reproductive health in the Sahel.
In Senegal, PACE supports religious leaders who are working to increase knowledge among their communities about the benefits of family planning, and continues to build the capacity of the media on the multiple benefits of family planning and maternal and child health services.
In Zambia, PACE implements innovative, strategic approaches to ensure that HIV/AIDS, population, and family planning are included in Zambia’s policies and programs as key to sustainable and equitable economic growth and development.
The 2021 World Population Data Sheet offers the latest population, health, and environment indicators for more than 200 countries and territories, each carefully researched by PRB’s expert team of demographers and analysts.
This toolkit bridges the gap that often lies between research and policy. It consolidates tools, materials, and approaches PRB has developed and refined over 30 years of training researchers to communicate with policy audiences.
Women’s decisions about family planning are complex and change over time. Understanding these shifts can help us meet women’s needs and support their goals.
Supporting National Advocacy Efforts to Amplify Understanding of the Multisectoral Benefits of Age Structure Change
In Ghana and Uganda, young people dominate the population age structure below age 15. Both countries can shift this high child dependency by empowering women to achieve their reproductive goals.
Supporting targeted local planning in the context of Nepal’s recently devolved governance, the PACE Project has released modeled estimates of adolescent fertility for the 753 municipalities in Nepal.
Yet even as governments refine their development plans and priorities, they are contending with the massive disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.