Information is a global resource. To make it a global asset, those gathering and using information need convenient spaces to exchange ideas, pursue collaboration, and disseminate results. PRB creates these spaces for data users and for those focused on priority themes in population, health, gender, and the environment.
The communities can have many dimensions: Through online hubs, trainings, data workshops, conference programs, and other methods, PRB fosters meaningful knowledge sharing and dialogue, and helps develop champions for policy change.
ACS Data Users Group and Online Community
Since 2012, PRB’s U.S. Programs has worked in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau to increase knowledge and use of American Community Survey (ACS) data by establishing and maintaining an ACS Data Users Group and Online Community. The ACS Online Community, which has more than 2,000 members, provides a user-friendly platform for ACS data users across the country to pose and answer questions and share information, applications, programs, and data files. PRB also plays a key role in organizing and hosting webinars and ACS Data Users Conferences. These activities have facilitated communication about ACS benefits, issues, and applications among a broad group of ACS data users, as well as between data users and the Census Bureau.
Global Population, Environment, and Development Network
The Global Population, Environment, and Development (PED) Network is a community of practice that improves access to information on integrated approaches to complex population, health, environment, and development issues. The Network is funded through the United States Agency for International Development’s PACE (Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health) project. The Network has over 500 members who are interested in the synergies between programming that links voluntary family planning information and services, primary health care, biodiversity conservation, livelihoods, and natural resources management. The main objectives of the Network are to raise awareness of and commitment to innovative programming and policies that focus on holistic reproductive health and environmental outcomes, identify and advance best practices for Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) programming, provide technical leadership and assistance, and develop operational tools for integrated approaches to community-driven development.
Interagency Gender Working Group
The Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG), founded in 1997 and currently funded through the United States Agency for International Development’s PACE project—Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health—promotes gender equity to improve global health and foster sustainable development. It is a network comprising nongovernmental organizations, USAID, cooperating agencies, and the Bureau for Global Health of USAID. View the IGWG website. Individuals can sign up for the IGWG newsletter here.
The demographic dividend refers to the accelerated economic growth that can result when a rapid decline in a country’s fertility rate leads to an increase in the working-age population relative to the number of dependents. The right mix of policies needs to be in place to take advantage of these demographic changes—as occurred in several Asian countries in the mid-to-late 20th century.
PRB is a thought leader and convener to support new ways to frame and apply the demographic dividend, particularly in sub-Saharan African countries. Through work sponsored by the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and others, we bring together academic, technical, and policy experts at the global and national levels to facilitate global discussion and advocacy around the demographic dividend. Learn more about our work on the demographic dividend.