KSI's capacity building strategy has, to date, focused on individual-level problems with tailor-made action and inputs to address them. While the outcomes are promising, there remain systemic problems that constrain the production, intermediation and advocacy of evidence and data by individual research institutions.KSI's 16 policy research institutes (PRIs) are aware that there are collective problems restricting their ability to perform research excellence, and those problems need collective action. Through a series of meetings that culminated in a meeting in Linggarjati (West Java) on 10 Septmber 2016, KSI facilitated the 16 PRIs to establish an "Alliance for Research Excellence". This Alliance marks an initial stepping stone in organizing PRI's collective action to address systemic problems that constrain the performing their knowledge-to-policy mandates.
“Until recently, we did not have a standard for what constitutes research excellence. We hope that with this initial collective action, the members of the alliance will be able to jointly facilitate a mechanism for research quality assurance, strengthen each other’s competitive advantages, and establish synergized efforts to improve the quality of networks with government, international agencies and philanthropic organizations,” said a representative of the alliance.
The Linggarjati Museum, on the site where negotiations between the Republic of Indonesia and the Netherlands to end colonial rule and the use of force took place 70 years ago, was chosen as the venue for the declaration of Indonesia’s Alliance for Research Excellence. Linggarjati’s association with the spirit of intellectual rigour, symbolizing the importance of negotiations that place a premium on dialogue and intellectual exchange, made it the ideal choice as the venue for the formal commencement of the research partners’ Alliance for Research Excellence. It is hoped that it will inspire a joint commitment by research institutes to collaboratively address the systemic barriers to a healthy knowledge sector in Indonesia.
Since 2014, Australia has been supporting, through the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI), sixteen research institutions in their efforts to improve research quality, organizational development, and policy engagement.