Dr. Sudarno Sumarto one of the authors of the Handbook on Using Administrative Data for Research and Evidence-Based Policy (IDEA Handbook)

Tue, 01/26/2021

Dr. Sudarno Sumarto, one of SMERU’s senior research fellows, was among the selected authors to contribute to the production of the Innovations in Data and Experiments for Action Initiative (IDEA)’s Handbook on Using Administrative Data for Research and Evidence-Based Policy (IDEA Handbook).

The IDEA Handbook serves as a go-to reference for researchers seeking to use administrative data and for data providers looking to make their data accessible for research. The handbook is published online under an open licensing model and freely available to all. It provides information, best practices, and case studies on how to create privacy-protected access to, handle, and analyze administrative data, with the aim of pushing the research frontier as well as informing evidence-based policy innovations.

Dr. Sudarno Sumarto collaborated with a number of prominent authors, i.e., Vivi Alatas, Farah Amalia, Abhijit Banerjee, Benjamin A. Olken, Rema Hanna, and Putu Poppy Widyasari, to write Chapter 16 of the handbook.  The chapter, titled Using Administrative Data to Improve Social Protection in Indonesia, describes a long-run engagement, conducted over more than a decade, between researchers and the Government of Indonesia to use randomized evaluations combined with administrative data to understand and improve the delivery of social protection programs.

The authors of the chapter shared the story of their unique government partnership and discuss current work future plans on a webinar hosted by J-PAL Southeast Asia in collaboration with the Indonesian Government. The details of the webinar can be accessed here.

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