Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

U.S. Policy Communication Training 2017-18

Posted: 11/14/2016 (Conference)

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its 2017-2018 U.S. Policy Communication Training Program. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – National Institute of Health (NIH) Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). It is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents pursuing doctoral programs at reputable U.S. academic institutions and who are between their 3rd and 5th year of studies. PRB gives priority to applicants who are current or previous trainees of NICHD-supported population centers in the United States.

Applicants may be in any field of study, but their research focus must be related to demography, reproductive health, or population health. Demographic topics include population dynamics, distribution, growth, and decline; migration; fertility, nuptiality, and family demography; mortality and morbidity; or the causes and consequences of demographic change. Reproductive health studies of interest are limited to behavioral and social science research. Population health areas include human health, productivity, and development at the population level. The populations of concern may be U.S. or non-U.S. populations.

Through the U.S. Policy Communication Training Program, participants will:

  • Understand the process by which research informs the policy environment.
  • Learn various ways to communicate findings to U.S. policy audiences.
  • Improve their ability to communicate in written and verbal formats.

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. While research often has profound policy implications, it must be communicated effectively to a variety of non-technical audiences in order to have an impact. The U.S. Policy Communication Training Program prepares researchers to influence policymaking through effective communication. To that end, the core training sessions cover:

  • The research to policy gap
  • Communication strategies to link research to policy
  • Writing for policy and nontechnical audiences
  • Effective content for and delivery of presentations

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Date: 06/19/2017

Deadline: 01/27/2017

Location: Washington, D.C.