Senior Policy Advisor
We strengthen the capacity of advocates, decisionmakers, and institutions to effectively use evidence to communicate on issues of social change, increase budgets for policy priorities, and make new policy commitments.
Technical assistance and training are a vital segment of many PRB projects, including the American Community Survey and Decennial Support Services, Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy, KIDS COUNT, KidsData, PACE, and MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator.
Our technical assistance and training entails:
- Sharing our expertise on communications, data analysis, and policy analysis.
- Identifying, training, and convening stakeholders.
- Developing and disseminating knowledge across subject areas and sectors.
We use multisectoral approaches to connect with programmatic communities and increase stakeholder and institutional commitments to support policy effectiveness and change.
In the United States, we author data user handbooks, coordinate conferences, and create tutorials for those working with American Community Survey data to increase their capacity to use this data effectively. These resources have reached thousands of data users to support efforts ranging from city planning to health care policy research.
In Kenya, PRB staff worked with local and national officials to implement budget increases and policy commitments for family planning, particularly in Busia and Narok counties. In Uganda, a PRB-trained advocate was influential in Gulu District officials’ decision to increase the budget for basic health services and health centers that handle family planning.
We engage stakeholders at the local, national, and global levels to accelerate progress toward sustainable development in health and related sectors. In both East and West Africa, our flagship Policy Communication Fellows program is creating a new model of sustainability by forming networks of policy communication trainers based in strategic institutions.
How do we provide technical assistance and training? In just one example, our PACE project staff partnered with competitively selected youth-led teams in Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Sudan, and Uganda to amplify their policy advocacy on such topics as youth-friendly family planning services, female genital mutilation/cutting, child marriage, gender-based violence, and maternal health. We provided participants and their organizations with tailored technical and leadership training and ongoing mentorship on techniques in policy communication, fact-based and data-driven advocacy, and multimedia production. The advocates used accessible technology, including mobile phones and social media platforms, to build engaging campaigns focused on specific policy advocacy objectives targeted at their peers, communities, and key decisionmakers—and they passed their skills down to their peers, expanding the reach of their campaigns and sustaining local youth-led policy advocacy.
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
Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy (EEDA) was a four-and-a-half year project (2017-2021) implemented by PRB and the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP) and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Influential media organizations examine and report on pressing issues affecting women's health and status.
PRB analyzes data and provides expertise to the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track the status of children’s well-being in the United States, including data presented in the KIDS COUNT Data Book and the KIDS COUNT Data Center.
Annie E. Casey Foundation
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.
RTAC serves as a strategic resource to the United States Agency for International Development, leveraging academic researchers’ scientific expertise to provide research, specialized training, and short-term technical assistance.
Research Division of the Innovation, Technology, and Research Hub in the USAID Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation
The U.S. Policy Communications Training Program builds on PRB’s 40-year legacy of training researchers to bridge the gap between research findings and the policy development process.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development