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Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Pro-Poor Policy: the Knowledge Sector Initiative

The Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI) is an ambitious 15-year partnership between the governments of Indonesia and Australia. It seeks to improve the lives of the Indonesian people through better quality public policies that make better use of research evidence.

To achieve this, KSI works systematically across Indonesia's knowledge sector to:

  • support policy research institutes to improve the quality and communication of their research

  • work with government departments to increase their demand for evidence, and their systems for procuring and using it in policy-making

  • strengthen intermediary organisations – such as civil society, advocacy networks and the media – to improve the links between research evidence and policy-making

  • identify and mitigate systemic barriers to evidence production, intermediation, demand and use.

ODI works in a consortium with RTI, the Australian National University and the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne to implement the first five year phase. 


John Young, Arnaldo Pellini, Louise Shaxson, Anne Buffardi, Caroline Cassidy, Josephine Tsui, Amanda Jones, Louise Ball

Supported by


  1. Policy, change and paradox in Indonesia: implications for the use of knowledge

    Working papers

  2. Shifts in the knowledge sector in Indonesia from 2013-2016: a synthesis of cases of change

    Working papers

  3. Commissioning knowledge for policy: reforms in the procurement of research in Indonesia

    Working papers

  4. Investing in knowledge: the establishment of the Indonesian Science Fund

    Working papers

  5. Global evidence policy units: PEMANDU, Malaysia

    Briefing/policy papers

  6. Global evidence policy units: Politiikka-analyysiyksikkö, Finland

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. Global evidence policy units: Department for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, South Africa

    Briefing/policy papers

  8. Global evidence policy units: SINERGIA, Colombia

    Briefing/policy papers

  9. Is measuring policy influence like measuring thin air? The experience of SurveyMETER in producing three episode studies

    Working papers

  10. Linking values and research evidence for policy advocacy: the journey of the Indonesian forum for budget transparency

    Working papers

  11. Managing a government think tank: inside the black box

    Working papers

  12. The Indonesian knowledge sector: a contextual analysis

    Working papers

  13. Using citizen evidence to improve public services: lessons from the UPIK program in Yogyakarta

    Working papers

  14. Lessons for building and managing an evidence base for policy


  15. Synthesising and presenting complex evidence for policy-making

    Working papers

  16. A study on organisational development

    Research reports

  17. Using workshops to develop an evidence strategy: lessons from the UK Food Standards Agency

    Working papers

  18. Establishing government think tanks: an overview of comparative models

    Working papers