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Population Reference Bureau (PBR)
Mechanism of Operation

PRB’s International Programs foster improved population, health and environment policies through an integrated program of research, policy analysis, strategic communications, evidence-based decisionmaking, and training. We help people make informed judgments about important population and health issues by:
Providing Technical Assistance
Our experienced team has provided assistance to organizations in over 25 countries in Africa, Asia, the Near East, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Working closely with our partners, we help institutions disseminate information to nonspecialist audiences, conduct advocacy campaigns aimed at policymakers and opinion leaders, launch policy reform initiatives, integrate information into program planning and management, and adopt new program approaches.

Conducting Research and Analysis
The focus of our research is policy oriented—specifically, analysis of demographic and health data to inform policy decisions; policy analysis to identify priority issues and successful program approaches; assessments of what information policymakers need and how they use it; and evaluation of interventions that communicate research to policymakers.

Conducting Training
Since 1995, we have trained more than 700 professionals from over 50 developing countries in how to design and implement strategies for communicating with policymakers. Our regional and country-level training workshops help participants identify the policy and program implications of research findings, create a communication strategy, and develop written and oral presentation skills for communicating with policy audiences and the news media. We work hand-in-hand with regional teaching institutions to transfer skills, create south-to-south training opportunities, and promote sustainable programs. Read more

Disseminating Information Through Multiple Channels
We use a wide range of approaches to communicate with audiences around the world, including publications, award–winning websites, creative electronic news and library services, media networks, presentations, seminars, and face-to-face briefings.

Electronic Dissemination
PRB hosts several popular and respected websites that are relevant for global audiences. PRB’s main website (www.prb.org) provides the full text of print publications and web articles on international topics, free of charge to those working in developing countries and in multiple languages. We also host the website for the Interagency Gender Working Group (www.igwg.org), providing tools and information on promoting gender equity in population, health and nutrition programs worldwide. A third website, developed for the Disease Control Priorities Project (www.dcp2.org), provides in-depth information on the extent of diseases and health conditions in developing countries and cost-effective ways to address them.

Population and Health Infoshare
This free tool enables PRB and other population and health organizations to make their material available by e-mail. Using a web-based interface, participating organizations can enter their publications, fact sheets, articles, presentations, and other documents into the system. Once uploaded, their materials are available to different audiences by e-mail and through a special searchable website. (www.phishare.org)

We translate population and health data and research findings and their policy implications into user-friendly publications for nonspecialists, including wall charts, policy briefs, booklets, fact sheets, and presentations. We have distributed over 500,000 copies of publications in the last five years alone.

Working With International Media
For more than a decade, we have helped journalists in developing countries produce more and better news stories about population, reproductive health, gender issues, and the environment. By facilitating media networks, we foster commitment among developing-country journalists to raise awareness of these issues among policymakers and the public. For example, our global media network, Women’s Edition, reaches more than 54 million readers and listeners.

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