PRB's U.S. Programs Department conducts research and analyses on U.S. demographic, social, economic, and health trends. We inform decisionmakers, educators, journalists, and concerned citizens about these changing trends and their implications for important public policies.

U.S. Programs focuses on a wide range of topics, including the key areas of aging, children and families, health, inequality and poverty, population change, and small-area projections. We are experts in analyzing data from the U.S. decennial census, American Community Survey, Current Population Survey, Vital Statistics, and other products of the federal statistical system.

What Distinguishes Us

PRB's U.S. Programs department brings broad expertise and innovative, cost-effective approaches to research, analysis, information sharing, and capacity building. We have a strong reputation as a producer of high-quality, objective data and analysis. We offer:

Custom Research

For more than 20 years, we have used the latest data and best methods to develop specialized products that meet our funders’ and partners’ needs. We have assisted the Annie E. Casey Foundation and other funders in developing new state-level indices of well-being for children and girls, and UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza) in producing reports and interactive data tools highlighting demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of Latino children in the United States. We have produced a state-level database and coauthored a series of data briefs on low-income working families in America for the Working Poor Families Project, and analyzed the impact of the Great Recession on wealth and financial security in the Appalachian region. PRB has also produced high-quality demographic and socioeconomic forecasts for the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments for their use in regional transportation and housing planning.

Developing and Coordinating Communities of Practice

PRB is a long-term partner to the U.S. Census Bureau, helping to inform policymakers, the media, and the public about the value of data from the decennial census and American Community Survey. PRB’s U.S. Programs staff also are working in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau to:

  • Manage activities for an American Community Survey (ACS) Data Users Group and Online Community.
  • Manage an ACS and decennial census Data Products Redesign Group.
  • Organize ACS Data Users Conferences.
  • Update ACS Data User Handbooks and produce a series of topical modules and case studies focused on ACS data issues and products.

Conducting Analysis and Disseminating Results

We have more than 20 years’ experience analyzing U.S. demographic, social, economic, and health trends and disseminating our results through high-quality reports, web articles, presentations, data visualizations, interactive graphics, and media outreach. We excel in translating population research for nontechnical audiences.