The Doing Research program has been implemented in Indonesia over two steps. A first step took place in the period 2014-2016 as part of the pilot phase of the Doing Research program which was generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, carried out by the University of Indonesia and the Centre for Innovation Policy and Governance (CIPG). The study found that the bureaucratic model and narrow technocratic role shaped during the previous authoritarian regime still impinge on social research productivity and critical thinking among Indonesian researchers. The gap between more open policies and the closed institutional model of state universities in Indonesia has resulted in an academic insularity. This insularity has stunted basic research, prevented long-term institutional engagement between university research and government policy-making, and it continues undermining the regional competitiveness of Indonesian state universities in the higher education market.
The second step saw a full Doing Research Assessment (DRA) implemented by CIPG in the period 2018-2021 as part of the scale-up phase of the Doing Research program which is currently being financed from GDN core funds. The study established that structural problems impinge on the quality of social science research performance in Indonesia, specifically in higher education institutions, which are subject to the policies and regulations of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education. Policymaking is indeed predominantly informed by research with limited theoretical grounding that lacks a strong tradition of peer review. With these findings, an establishment of a national research policy and funding mechanisms that foster a balance between research for addressing national priorities and an independent research agenda for the social sciences is seen as a panacea.
The two phases of DRA in Indonesia have produced two reports, two webinars – national and international, two workshops jointly conducted with the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI), four blog articles published in Research to Action, The Conversation, and Knowledge Sector Initiative, one media interview, and a peer-reviewed paper titled Reproducing Academic Insularity in a Time of Neoliberal Markets which is published in the Journal of Contemporary Asia – Volume 51 of 2021. Below, you will find the link to all Indonesia DRA outputs.
Indonesia was part of the 2021-2022 region-wide assessment on the role of social scientists in COVID-19 and future pandemic response in 11 countries of Southeast Asia. The assessment was undertaken by researchers from Universitas Indonesia, under the guidance of the Global Development Network and the Asia Research Centre (ARC UI) at Universitas Indonesia, with support from IDRC and the Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar Initiative. The findings show that the pandemic has worsened social inequalities, which have been further exacerbated by the exclusion of social scientists within policymaking. Below, you will find the link to the full access of the report.
Studies and publications
- Results of the Doing Research Pilot
- Results of the Doing Research Proof of Concept & Scale-Up
- Special Project - Social Science and COVID-19 | The Southeast Asia Response
- Download the region-wide assessment report undertaken by the Global Development Network and the Asia Research Centre (ARC UI) at Universitas Indonesia, with support from IDRC and the Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar Initiative. See the launch webpage. See summary. See the full report.
- 14 July 2020 | Bridging the research gap and improving development policies.' A webinar to disseminate the results of the Doing Research Assessment in Indonesia. Know more.
Workshops, Seminars and Consultations
- 24 Sep 2019 | In cooperation with the Knowledge Sector Initiative, the Indonesian team promoted an event which was held at the Indonesia Young Academy of Sciences (ALMI), National Library, named KSIXChange#13 – Doing Research: Assessing the Social Science Research System in Indonesia. Know more. Read discussion article.
- 6 April 2016 | o 6 April 2016 | The Indonesian case study “Reforming Research in Indonesia: policies and practice” was officially launched in Jakarta at a joint event with the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI).