PUSKAPA and UNICEF continuously encourage evidence-based policy making by elevating discussions on this issue; one of which is through a workshop for policymakers and civil society organizations on 16-17 November 2017. This workshop aimed to ensure GoI’s priorities on child protection and rights fulfillment, particularly the National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2020-2024, are supported with quality data and evidence.
Ms. Woro Srihastuti Sulistyaningrum as the Director of Family, Women, Children, Youth, and Sport, opened the two-day workshop on behalf of Mr. Subandi Sardjoko, The Deputy Minister for Human Development, Society, and Culture, Bappenas. She emphasized GoI’s commitment to develop policies and programs with strong and inclusive data and information. On measuring the impact and identifying challenges of policies and programs, Ms. Sulistyaningrum affirmed the importance of data and information both from available and future studies.
The first day of the workshop discussed the ways evidence would enable better policies and also emphasizing the importance of of preparatory phase of conducting research in order to generate sound evidence. To understand the data collection process, Mark Canavera from Columbia University shared INSPIRE: Seven Strategies for Ending Violence Against Children experience in program and measurement for child protection in various countries. This global experience was complemented with Irwanto’s presentation from PUSKAPA, that reflected the lessons learned from the implementation of Indonesian Violence Against Children Survey in 2013.
The session continued with focus group discussions on Law and Child Protection, Social Welfare, Education, and Health issues facilitated by PUSKAPA, to identify policy priorities and subsequent policy questions for 2020-2024 RPJMN. The discussions with the GoI were enriched with civil society perspectives on which policy directions government should prioritize.
The second day of the workshop focused more on discussing and analyzing lessons learned from previous studies on child protection, from various aspects. PUSKAPA’s Sandra Dewi and Sri Andini discussed and elaborated numerous ethical and methodological approaches to understand violence against children. In the context of VACs in Indonesia (SKTA), there are many ways to revamp its methodologies and learn from other best practices to produce sound evidence that would effectively contribute to improve the programs and policies. Beth Rubenstein from Columbia University presented lessons learned from Cambodia, on how to understand children out of family care as the vulnerable population that is often excluded from the policies agenda. Bastari, Head of the Data and Statistics on Education and Culture from Ministry of Education and culture endorsed longitudinal study on children and families (SLAK) as it will provide comprehensive information on what drives the current learning outcomes and education quality in Indonesia. The presentations were followed by the group discussion which focused on making a list of study recommendations to understand and answer policy questions on child protection in Indonesia.
The two-day process was able to actively involve both government and non-government organizations in formulating policy questions that matter for their work. This process managed to get the Government on board to generate stronger evidence for the background study of RPJMN 2020-2024.