The Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI) currently provides core funding to 16 Indonesian university-based and independent policy research organisations
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.
This working paper sets out eleven lessons for taking a strategic approach to building and managing an evidence base for policy.
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.
The working paper identified the barriers for university in Indonesia to improve the quality and capacity of research. KSI took the initiative to move forward with forming a consultative group consisting of four university-based research center partners, along with individual consultations in a comprehensive attempt to explore understanding on the topic, and build co-ownership of the partners
This working paper describes how the Government of South Africa engaged with evidence-based policy making through a case study of the process of conducting the 20-Year Review of South Africa 1994-2014. The Review was undertaken by the South African government to reflect on how the country has progressed since the dawn of democracy in 1994, the challenges it still faces and how these can be addressed.
People often do not know what is meant by ‘organisational development’ and yet, if they work in international development, it is very likely that they will have been involved in it. Essentially, it is a planned, organisation-wide effort to achieve strategic goals more effectively and efficiently.
Lesson from the New Zealand Data Futures Forum: How to Unlock the Value of Data-driven Innovation and New ‘Evidence’ in Policy-making
Government think tanks have several benefits over external think tanks, including their strong understanding of government programs and priorities (which helps them to tailor advice to actual needs) and an ability to coordinate across government departments.
In 2009, the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) embarked on a nine-month strategy to improve the way it sourced, handled and used evidence to make policy.