For several decades, PRB has provided knowledge, tools, and training to researchers, journalists, advocates, and decisionmakers. The core of our capacity-strengthening work is in helping others understand, use, and communicate population and health data, research, and information to improve the well-being of all people.
Policy Communication Training
Many researchers aspire to see their work inform policy discussions, but the path to doing so is not always clear. Our Policy Communication programs strengthen the capacity of young researchers in doctoral-level population and health studies to engage policy influencers and decisionmakers effectively. We cover multiple formats of policy communication—written, verbal, social media, infographics, data visualization, and more—allowing participants to develop a versatile toolbox for communicating data and research.
Policy Communication Fellows Program
Initiated in the 1980s, the Policy Communication Fellows Program aims to train the next generation of leaders shaping policy in countries of the Global South. The program combines a week-long policy and communication workshop in a developing country with online coursework during a year-long fellowship. It is open to individuals from developing countries who are between their 3rd and 5th year of studies in a relevant area. Learn more.
U.S. Policy Communication Training Program
We expanded PRB’s policy communication training to U.S.-focused doctoral students in 2015, thanks to support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. This program combines a week-long summer workshop in Washington, D.C. with a practicum during the academic year when participants apply lessons learned to two policy communication materials based on their research. Learn more.
Specialized Policy Communication Trainings
Youth Advocates and the Demographic Dividend
With the Centre for the Study of Adolescence in Kenya, PRB held a workshop for youth advocates ages 18 to 30 from several Kenyan counties to introduce participants to the demographic dividend concept and teach them about evidence-based policy communication. After the workshop participants were tasked with planning and implementing their own policy communication activity related to the demographic dividend in their respective counties. Given the devolution of policy responsibility for family planning in Kenya, this is an essential task for advocates.
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Research Communication
As part of a UKAID-funded research consortium called “Evidence to End Female Genital Multilation/Cutting (FGM/C), a nine-day workshop was held in Nairobi, Kenya where PRB experts led sessions on policy communication and research uptake, emphasizing the importance of identifying and engaging key audiences and partners early in the process and throughout the research cycle, so that they are ready to move to action once the final results are available. Learn more about our work in Gender.
Through global, regional, and country-level programs, PRB works with journalists in developing countries to build their competence, understanding, and commitment to provide effective and high-profile coverage of health and population issues. We form global and regional networks of journalists and hold annual or semi-annual seminars to provide the latest information on the issues and give them an opportunity to share their experiences and ideas. We also sponsor journalists to attend relevant regional and international conferences and facilitate their coverage of these events.
PRB’s signature journalism training program has supported hundreds of senior-level women editors, reporters, and producers from influential media organizations in developing countries to examine and report on pressing issues affecting women’s health and status. Up to 15 senior journalists from leading news media organizations around the developing world are competitively selected to participate in this activity. Learn more about Women’s Edition.
Digital Learning Tools
PRB is leveraging digital platforms to extend the reach and ease of use of our policy training programs and tools. These digital toolkits were developed as part of the ongoing PACE (Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health) project funded by the United States Agency for International Development, and they are easily exportable for use anywhere, anytime.
Policy Communication Toolkit
This consolidates tools, materials, and approaches PRB has developed and refined over 30 years of training researchers. Eight modules cover topics such as writing for policy audiences, communicating through social media, using data visualization, and negotiations and accountability practices. View.
Based on the Women’s Edition curriculum, this toolkit includes nine how-to modules—everything from “Selection of Journalists” to “Sponsoring Supplements,” as well as a host of sample training presentations and other background resources. View.
Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) e-Learning Course and Toolkit
PRB developed a new, self-guided Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) e-learning course designed to engage and educate users. The course, housed in the United States Agency for International Development’s Global Health e-Learning Center, which is managed by the Knowledge for Health project (K4Health), includes new modules on policy, advocacy, and communication; scale up; and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as information on PHE linkages with climate change adaptation and mitigation. A separate PHE toolkit hosted by K4Health provides current and high-quality resources for the PHE community and others interested in learning more about the PHE approach and integrated development. Visit the People, Health, Planet page for more about our work in PHE.
Data Visualization Toolkit
This comprehensive five-part video tutorial on visualizing data focuses on helping better communicate research findings about female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). PRB created this as part of a UKAID-funded Population Council project to help end FGM/C, but the principles discussed in the toolkit are applicable to many other fields. Learn more about our work on gender issues.
Data Use Training
KIDS COUNT Technical Assistance and Training
PRB works in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to provide training to the KIDS COUNT Network. Through data workshops, webinars, videos, and how-to guides, we help grantees stay informed about existing and new datasets, learn important information and caveats regarding data, share best practices for using data and communicating information clearly, and learn from one another. Together, these training activities provide the Network with useful information and skills that they can quickly translate into more effective work on behalf of children’s issues in their states. Learn more.
ACS Data Users Group and Online Community
U.S. Programs conducts periodic webinars on selected aspects of using American Community Survey (ACS) data and organizes the ACS Data Users Conference. The conference includes a wide variety of sessions where data users provide training and share best practices for accessing and using ACS data. Visit the ACS Online Community.
ACS Data User Handbooks
U.S. Programs is working in partnership with the U.S Census Bureau to produce a series of handbooks and case studies for American Community Survey (ACS) data users. The handbooks provide an overview of the ACS to help data users understand the basics of the survey, how the data can be used, how to judge the accuracy of ACS estimates, and how to access ACS data on the web. A series of online modules provide an introduction to the ACS for different ACS data user communities, including businesses, Congress, state and local governments, and others. Learn more.