A year or so ago, I worked with Diastika Rahwidiati and George Hodge of Pulse Lab Jakarta on a book chapter to reflect on the impact of data innovation on public policy in Indonesia. The lab was established in 2014 as a joint initiative via… Read More
I went for a walk in a kampung near Kemang Timur, in Jakarta, last Sunday. After few minutes it started to rain quite hard. I sat under the roof of a school and waited for the rain to stop. It rained for about 15-20 minutes.
The data revolution is challenging the social scientific model and how it informs policies and is making available to governments new forms of evidence which can inform the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies. But can we maximize the opportunities that big data provides to… Read More
A couple of weeks ago I sat with Robert Kirkpatrick, the head of the UN Global Pulse Initiative who was over from the UN headquarter in New York and Diastika Rahwidiati a consultant at PulseLab Jakarta. We had an interesting chat about things that are… Read More
Here is the 10 minutes video that summarizes the key points of the Data Innovation for Policy Making conference held in Bali in November 2014.
In 2004 the Overseas Development Institute organized a seminar in London to discuss the following question: Does Evidence Matter? One of the speakers was Vince Cable, at that time the shadow minister for trade and industry with the Lib Dem party. Cable spoke at that workshop… Read More
I published this blog post on ODI’s website: The writer Elizabeth Pisani recently told an anecdote about asking 50 random people in Covent Garden, London, to point to Indonesia on a small plastic globe. Only a few pointed to the right spot. This confirmed, she… Read More
Is it possible to build a nation as complex as Indonesia before fully understanding its complexity? What is holding Indonesia together despite its diversity? Is decentralization good for Indonesia? These are some of the questions that were asked last week at the Habibie and Ainun… Read More
On a regular basis programs working in the area of governance and decentralisation come together here in Jakarta to share and discuss the results of a research, studies and analysis. Yesterday I attended a presentation about the findings from an econometric analysis that looked at… Read More
This morning I jumped on the TransJakarta bus N 1 and travelled to Central Jakarta to the modern and cozy office of PulseLab. JonneCatshoek of Elva.org was presenting about digital citizen engagement strategies for making programmes more effective and accountable. Jonne has been working for the… Read More