Since 2015, with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)—PRB has been running a policy communication training program for doctoral students attending universities in the United States who meet the program’s application requirements. The program builds on PRB’s 40-year legacy of training researchers to communicate their findings effectively and to foster skills they need to ensure their research influences U.S. programming and policymaking.
The program has two components.
- Workshop: A week-long summer workshop in Washington, D.C., focuses on the role of research in the U.S. policymaking process and on techniques for effective communication of research findings to U.S. decisionmakers, media, and nontechnical audiences. Trainees take a field trip to hear firsthand from congressional researchers, lobbyists, and others about their experiences using research to effect change. Trainees also practice distilling policy-relevant messages from their research and communicating this information in nontechnical language.
- Practicum: During the academic year following the workshop, participants receive mentorship and apply lessons learned to create two policy communication products, such as a policy brief, blog post, web article, or op-ed, based on their dissertations or related research topics.
U.S. Policy Communication Training Class Biographies