Just published with my colleagues Endah Purnawati and Maesy Angelina a couple of Stories of Change on the use of knowledge and research evidence in policy decision-making. Pls follow the links.
On December 18th 2013, the Indonesian House of Representatives
passed the new Village Law, a vote that was the culmination of a journey that started in 2007. This Story of Change takes the passing of the Village Law as its starting point and describes the relative influence that research-based evidence produced by the Institute for Research and Empowerment has had at critical junctions of the legislative process. This Story of Change concludes that good quality research-based evidence is necessary but not sufficient to influence policy-making processes. Researchers and research organisations need to think and work politically to achieve their influencing goals and adapt to changes in local circumstances.
This Story of Change describes how establishing a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) between communities and health service providers in Lombok Barat in 2006 has helped to re-establish trust between citizens and providers. Facilitated by the Health Office in the regency of Lombok Barat and a network of local civil society organisations called JMS, the discussion and sharing that has occurred have contributed to improvements in the quality of services provided by the health centres, accountability of health centre staff and inform the decisions taken by both the centres and district health agencies. The story describes how these improvements came about.