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23Aug2017
Working Papers

This synthesis report draws on 67 cases of change representing experiences of 29 Indonesian organisations to answer two overarching questions. First, what notable changes took place in the knowledge sector in Indonesia from 2013-2016, as identified by individuals and organisations directly involved in the knowledge sector. Second, what factors are perceived to be associated with these changes, including but not limited to the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI).

15Jun2017
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Indonesia is a member of the G20 group of the world’s wealthiest nations but it spends only a tiny amount of its national resources on scientific research. This working paper describes how a number of Indonesian key actors, under the leadership of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences has contributed to the establishment of the Indonesian Science Fund which will help to increase the amount of funding available to Indonesian researchers who want, through their research, to contribute to address key social and economic concerns of the Indonesian people.

13Jun2017
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The diagnostic studies undertaken in 2010 and 2015 for the Knowledge Sector Initiative identified public procurement regulations as a key obstacle to the growth of Indonesia’s knowledge sector. This working paper describe how a team of development entrepreneurs used a problem-based approach to addressing this issue.

12Jun2017
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President Joko Widodo called for a ‘mental revolution’ among the Indonesian people and institutions to address structural weaknesses in the economy, the declining authority of the state and the rise of intolerance and sectarian conflict. Through this call, which is articulated as the Nawa Cita, or the nine development priorities of the state, he recognises that Indonesia’s economic development rests on the ability to change mindsets, attitudes and behaviours to redress structural weaknesses in the economy. This paper develops a framework for evaluating a mental revolution.

05Jun2017
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This working paper reflects on Australia’s experience over the last ten years of reform (following the election of Kevin Rudd in 2007 to today) highlighting selected ‘preconditions’ for effective evidence-based policy-making. Sound evidence-to-policy pathways are necessary because it enables governments to make informed decisions to improve community living standards on the basis of the best information available. Utilising case studies the paper highlights six selected inter-related ‘enabling factors’ which support the use of evidence by governments.

14Apr2017
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This working paper focuses on the Indonesian Centre of Law and Policy Studies (or Pusat Studi Hukum dan Kebijakan Indonesia) and its three areas of work: legislative reforms, judiciary reforms, and legal education. It describes how these work streams have evolved over time and how they have supported PSHK’s efforts of producing and communicating evidence that has informed judicial and legislative reforms in Indonesia.

31Mar2017
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Working Paper 19: Indonesia is the largest economy in Southeast Asia but ranks only 88th (out of 167 countries) in Transparency International’s 2015 Corruption Perception Index. Anti-corruption reforms in Indonesia have been slow due to generalised expenditure inefficiencies, and the misuse both at national and local levels of public funds. The government is trying to...

30Mar2017
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Working Paper 18: This working paper reflects on the experience of SurveyMETER, a policy research institute based in the Yogyakarta, in testing the use of episode studies to describe a policy influence and policy engagement process that SurveyMETER had been leading. Episode studies are one of the tools that can help policy research organizations and think tanks to document the uptake of their research work and/or the degree to which the evidence they have produced has informed policy processes and policy actors.

30Dec2016
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Thinks tanks, policy research institutes and government departments are increasing demand for knowledge repositories. Knowledge repositories not only will enable people across organizations to share documents and link them to the global Open Access movement.

01Dec2016
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This working paper documents the findings from an assessment of the acquisition of research knowledge and expertise by national level decision makers in Indonesia.

22Nov2016
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Governments around the world are dealing with increasingly complex problems and trying to better understand ‘what works’ to deliver real change for their populations.

15Nov2016
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This working paper reflects on the context in which KSI is working and provides a ‘benchmark’ against which to measure progress.

10Nov2016
Working Papers

National Academies of Science are a central actor in any country’s knowledge sector. When they are well-resourced and well-managed, they play an important role in helping to translate evidence into policy-ready advice for government.

28Oct2016
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The Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI) currently provides core funding to 16 Indonesian university-based and independent policy research organisations

05Oct2016
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This study describes that leadership is key to greater use of knowledge and data in policy making. Under the leadership of the mayor of Yogyakarta City, Herry Zudianto, the Unit for Information and Complaint Service (Unit Pelayanan Informasi dan Keluhan, or UPIK) was started in 2003, creating more open communication between the public and the City Government and making use citizen feedback and opinion in policy implementation decisions.

29Jul2016
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This working paper sets out eleven lessons for taking a strategic approach to building and managing an evidence base for policy.

15Jul2016
Working Papers

Policy decisions are more robust when they are informed by different sources of evidence rather than a single piece of research. However, assembling a high-quality body of evidence can be challenging if many different organisations are involved, if the issue is a complex one and if the evidence is changing over time.