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Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub

The Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub was created by Population Reference Bureau through the Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy project. Through the Resource Hub, PRB assists family planning advocacy partners in Africa and Asia in meeting their needs for tailored, effective communications products in a timely manner. Each of our products is customized for the user, the local advocacy initiative, and the targeted audiences.

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The Challenge

As advocacy organizations engage with a range of decisionmakers to achieve their family planning policy goals, they need diversified communication messages and tools grounded in local evidence to address their different audiences’ priorities.

Analysis and synthesis of data and research are at the core of PRB’s technical work on family planning and reproductive health issues. The Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub products reflect our deep experience inspiring policymakers to strengthen their commitments to family planning and related issues.

Through the Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub, we deliver evidence-based content in compelling formats that make data and information accessible to expert and generalist audiences alike. The Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub was created under PRB’s Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy project.

Evidence-Based Communication Products Tailored to Your Needs

PRB works together with family planning advocacy partners in Africa and Asia to create customized, impactful communications materials that propel their advocacy efforts. We customize materials based on partners’ advocacy needs, goals, and existing capacity for end results that help to achieve quick wins. To date, PRB has developed a number of innovative products, including videos, policy briefs, multimedia presentations, a comic book, pocket-sized infographics, and factsheets to support national and subnational advocacy.

Working with PRB has given us immense clarity on the three main points of developing an advocacy collateral—the audience, why, and how.

Dr. Sanchika Gupta, Former Program Officer, Jhpiego India

Impact

The materials created under the Advocacy Resource Hub have contributed to the use of evidence in family planning policies and decisionmaking in multiple partner countries.

  • DSW Kenya advocates and others convinced Nyandarua County’s health department to set aside funds in their annual workplan for family planning sensitization and staff training on youth-friendly services.
  • Jhpiego India‘s advocacy efforts helped convince policymakers in Jharkhand State to develop an adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health strategy document.
  • The Forum for Family Planning and Development in the Philippines used materials to clarify misconceptions about family planning methods among elected officials, who used the information they learned about specific family planning methods to draft ordinances in support of reproductive health.
  • The Association for Reproductive and Family Health‘s sub-national advocacy efforts in Nigeria led to the Kwara State Director of Public Health committing to include DMPA-SC in the family planning budget and making sure this method is always available at public facilities.
  • Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development Uganda received a signed commitment from the minister of health to increase the national budget for family planning commodities.
  • Femmes Santé et Développement‘s advocacy in Cameroon led the Ministry of Health to evaluate the implementation of Adolescent Reproductive Health Units and begin developing a strategy for strengthening them.
  • Faith to Action Network convinced the East African Legislative Assembly parliamentarians to retable the East African Community Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Bill for discussion and approval.

Submit an Application

PRB accepts applications throughout the year from organizations interested in Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub support.

Interested organizations must be based in a low-income or lower-middle income country, have an established record of family planning advocacy or policy work and outcomes, and demonstrate a lack of capacity to create high-quality communications materials independently. Materials can be produced in languages other than English on a case-by-case basis.

 

Submit an Application

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Empowering Indian Millennials: Meeting Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs

Empowering Indian Millennials: Meeting Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs

More than half of the current Indian population is under the age of 30—that’s 732 million people! Meeting the needs of India’s large youth population is critical. Yet, Indian millennials’ desire for sexual and reproductive health information and services is not being met.

PRB partnered with Jhpiego India to create this video that uses interviews with youth to highlight youth’s lack of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) awareness and barriers they face when trying to access SRH information and services.

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Call for Applications From Youth Advocates

The application process has closed. Due to the large volume of applications, we will be able to notify only those individuals who are invited to attend. Notifications will be sent the week of Nov. 11, 2019.

Learn more about our work:

 

Who: Youth advocates ages 18 to 30 based in eastern, southern, and western Africa

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi

Please note that participants should plan to stay between the afternoons of December 2 and December 6, 2019.

What: GOAL Malawi and PRB will host a workshop to introduce active young advocates to the topic of population, environment, and development (PED), and teach them about evidence-based policy communication. Participants will learn how to define policy goals, identify target audiences, and craft communication objectives.

Outcomes: By the end of the workshop, participants will understand how issues such as family planning/reproductive health, natural resource management, conservation, and community development are interlinked. They will be able to translate data and evidence into clear messages about the role PED investments and policies can play in community and natural development. Participants will also leave the workshop with a policy communication activity that they develop, related to PED in their own countries and communities.

Participants will receive follow-up technical support to implement their activity.

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PRB staff are experts in global health, population data and trends, and U.S. Census data. We also provide training in issues-based journalism and policy communication.

To learn more about our experts, please visit Leadership and Staff.

MEDIA MENTIONS

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CNET | Feb. 19, 2021
PRB’s report on the digital divide in Appalachia, developed on behalf of the Appalachian Regional Commission was cited.

Harnessing Demographic Dividend Will Speed Up Ghana’s Development – NPC

News Ghana | Feb. 19, 2021
PRB’s work with Ghana’s National Population Council on demographic dividends was highlighted.

 

Republicans and Democrats From Florida Request More COVID-19 Vaccines for Snowbirds

Miami Herald | Jan. 14, 2021
PRB’s research on aging trends in the United States was cited.

 

Personas Mayores de 65 Años Serán Las Próximas en Recibir la Vacuna Contra el Coronavirus en Florida

(People Over 65 Will Be the Next to Receive the Coronavirus Vaccine in Florida)
Univision | Dec. 23, 2020
PRB’s research on aging trends in the United States was cited.

 

Florida Could Lose Power in Washington if Trump’s New Immigration Order Is Enacted

The Miami Herald | July 21, 2020
Beth Jarosz discussed the potential impact of President Trump’s Executive Order requiring the Census Bureau to exclude undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census population counts used for apportionment.

2020 Census Self-Response Rates and Undercount Risk of Young Children

NPR | July 5, 2020
PRB’s report on self-response rates in areas at risk for undercounting young children in the 2020 Census was featured in the daily newscast.(Our segment begins at the 3:52 mark.)

 

COVID-19: What Will the World Look Like Nine Months on?

Knowledge Success Blog | June 25, 2020
Kristen Patterson discussed the importance of supporting sustainable solutions led by local women and youth.

Nesting Isn’t Hormonal, It’s Societal, Says New Research

Motherly | March 11, 2020
Linda Jacobsen discussed research on why mothers do more housework when they have a partner in the home.

Hundreds of Thousands of Kids Could Be Missed by the 2020 Census. These N.J. Towns Will Be Affected Most

NJ.com | March 6, 2020
Mark Mather discussed reasons why young children are undercounted in the decennial census.

Featured Experts

Linda A. Jacobsen

Vice President, U.S. Programs

Toshiko Kaneda

Technical Director, Demographic Research

Beth Jarosz

Senior Research Associate

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Management of Complex Technical Programs

At PRB, we have the expertise, infrastructure, and global networks to take on some of the world’s most complex population and health challenges on behalf of our funders and partners.

Many of our partnerships span decades, built on good faith relationships established by our direct experiences with individuals and organizations across the globe at the intersection of the environment, health, family planning, and population.

We work with a wide range of partners in sectors including government, nonprofit, research, business, and philanthropy. Our approach focuses on evidence, audience, and context.

For more than 30 years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has relied on PRB to build the capacity of organizations around the world to accurately and effectively convey messages to decisionmakers that propel changes in areas such as gender, family planning, and reproductive health. Our capacity-building approach supports partners on the journey to self-reliance. We work with longstanding partners to provide resources and limited, highly specific technical assistance. For those facing institutional challenges, we provide a full suite of support, including mentorship from peer institutions, technical training, and collaborative creation of communications materials.

Researchers and decisionmakers have relied on PRB’s expertise to oversee multiple programs for the U.S. Census Bureau since 2013. In partnership with the Census Bureau, PRB created and manages communities to support researchers, data users, and policymakers working with American Community Survey (ACS) data; organizes annual ACS Data Users conferences; and plays a key role in the creation of Census Bureau data products.

PRB’s manages multiple complex technical programs for several partners and clients around the world each year.

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Children, Youth, and Families

Understanding the conditions and needs of the world’s children and youth is critical to ensuring healthy and productive futures for them and society. PRB provides evidence and analysis to foster that understanding and influence change.

Across the United States, we track social, economic, and health indicators for children. Internationally, we measure health risk factors among youth and support youth leadership and advocacy of their reproductive health priorities.

In the United States, we analyze and assess data on children’s well-being.

The KIDS COUNT project is a national and state-by-state effort of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track the status of children in the United States. It includes the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book and a KIDS COUNT Data Center. PRB has played an instrumental role in the KIDS COUNT Data Book since 1990, providing feedback on the design and measurement of the KIDS COUNT index of child well-being and compiling the data presented in the Data Book. We have also produced more than 150 national- and state-level tables on the well-being of children and families for the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

Internationally, we measure youth’s health risk factors and promote young people’s reproductive health.

Our research and analysis cover such topics as noncommunicable diseases, the effect of unhealthy life habits such as use of opioids and tobacco, trends in HIV/AIDS, Zika, and more.

We look beyond the numbers to understand youth’s reproductive health and development status and assess and compare the political environments and social dynamics that impact their lives. Using narratives that link hard statistics with young people’s lived realities increases policymakers’ appreciation of the diverse challenges this generation faces and improves the program responses required to meet their contraceptive and reproductive health needs. In these ways, PRB helps build the evidence base to inform effective policies and programs.

Learn more about our work with youth and their reproductive health.