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
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.
OPEN: The SAFE ENGAGE Project has established a Rapid Response mechanism to support advocates, experts, and decisionmakers in their efforts to advance evidence-based policy dialogue and expand access to safe abortion.
OPEN Request for applications from youth-led organizations with existing family planning advocacy efforts to partner with us on a short-term basis to create data-rich, visually compelling, and actionable communications materials.
COMING SOON: PRB and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) accept application to the Policy Communication Fellows Program each spring. The program seeks to train the next generation of leaders shaping policy in their countries, learning local advocacy priorities and policy landscapes and how to tailor their research messages to relevant policy audiences.
COMING SOON: Women’s Edition brings together 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.
COMING SOON: The U.S. Policy Communication Training Program builds on PRB’s 40-year legacy of training researchers to bridge the gap between research findings and the policy development process.
CLOSED October 9, 2020: Population Reference Bureau seeks two consultants, one Anglophone and one Francophone, to provide research and analysis assistance to upcoming editions of the Youth Family Planning Policy Scorecard (“Scorecard”).
CLOSED October 2019: 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.
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PRB has been a long-term partner to the U.S. Census Bureau, helping to inform policymakers, the media, and the public about the importance of data from the decennial census and American Community Survey.
U.S. Census Bureau
Supporting improvements in voluntary family planning and reproductive health activities, including their integration with maternal and child health programs.
Ensuring that family planning, reproductive health, and population issues are key for sustainable and equitable economic growth and development.
Since 2012, PRB has worked in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau to increase knowledge and use of American Community Survey data by establishing and maintaining an ACS Data Users Group and Online Community of more than 2,000 members.
PRB leads this USAID-funded program supporting improvements in voluntary family planning and reproductive health activities, providing health and cost benefits to USAID priority countries. (Photo: Kate Holt/MCSP)
Working with local partners PRB builds champions, bridges sectors, and distills evidence to ensure that family planning, reproductive health, and population issues are recognized as key to sustainable and equitable economic growth and development.
Improved family planning and maternal and reproductive health can transform the lives of women, families, and nations.
Access to voluntary family planning and maternal and reproductive health information and services enables people and their families to meet their needs while contributing to sustainable development.
PRB’s novel approaches to analyze and communicate population and maternal and reproductive health data propel decisionmakers to act. We communicate complex concepts such as the demographic dividend and the impact of malnutrition for mothers and infants in ways that are technically accurate yet easily understood by policymakers. We apply innovative analytical and visualization techniques to help identify barriers and gaps on important family planning and reproductive and maternal health priorities, such as contraceptive use patterns and adolescent fertility.
Through the MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator project, we use learning, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, and strategic communication systems, tools, and products to gather and disseminate information that supports improvements in maternal, newborn, and child health services; voluntary family planning; and reproductive health care.
We also train journalists and advocates to understand family planning and population data and use it to elevate these issues in community and media dialogue. Our pioneering work with journalists has helped mobilize support for youth sexual and reproductive health policies through media coverage of often taboo subjects, including premarital sexual activity, unplanned pregnancy, unsafe abortion, and the spread of sexual violence and transactional sex among young people.
We promote youth leadership and advocacy through capacity building and partnerships like those in our Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy project. We offer young people the opportunity to lead policy change efforts—on a range of subjects most relevant to them—through policy research, evidence-based communication, and targeted advocacy strategies. Our work in meaningful youth engagement is based on our understanding that youth are powerful influencers shaping policy and program landscapes globally.
These activities create the space necessary to bring together researchers, practitioners, advocates, and policymakers to advance policies that expand access to voluntary family planning and maternal and reproductive health to all.