Description & Progress
As a civil society organization, BASABali overall goal is to stimulate civic engagement among youth in secondary Indonesian cities, which they see as necessary to improving the wellbeing and livability of those cities. BASAbali role in meeting this goal as the country’s democracy matures and the education system improves is to: 1) interest youth in civic engagement, 2) empower youth to understand how to effectively use the internet to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities (beyond using the internet merely as a vehicle for personal communication and entertainment), and 3) motivate youth to actually participate.
In Indonesia, until recently public discourse of public policy has been frowned upon. BASAbali’s wiki, a collaboratively created platform that functions as a virtual town square, provides a way for youth to engage in civic affairs. The wiki is open to everyone. It is well respected by the government, private sector, academia and NGOs.
The Wiki has had 1.3 million unique users, roughly equal to 30% of the Balinese population (note: one of BASAbali goals is to ascertain how many Balinese are accessing the wiki from aboard, from Java or elsewhere outside of Bali). Training from National Geographic and Twitter have provided BASAbali with a better understanding of how to scale through social media and partnerships with other organizations. As a result, last year they were able to increase the number of their users by 179%.
On the question of metrics, to more fully understand the impact of this program on the wellness and livability of secondary Indonesian cities, or even the narrower issue of the impact of this program on the degree of civic engagement, BASAbali would need to do a contribution analysis that looks at this program in the context of large stream of activity happening as Indonesia’s democracy matures, education improves, and skills develop. In this regard, The SMERU Research Institute is entrusted to evaluate the degree to which participating in the Wiki changes the behavior of users to then participate more fully in civic activity.
To evaluate the degree to which participating in the Wiki changes the behavior of users to then participate more fully in civic activity, as assessed by, for example, contacting government officials, organizing around a public issue, speaking out in public forum or carrying out political activities on social media sites.
To evaluate what works and what does not work in replicating the wiki, what needs to be changes for the Balinese context to the Makassarese context to make them initiative impactful, and what the potential is for replicating in other locations.
The evaluation will be using qualitative methodology. Methods of data collection include in-depth interview and FGD of treatment (participants of Wiki) and control group (nonparticipants of Wiki). The participants would be purposively selected to represent equal balance in terms of gender, education, age, present activity and engagement category. Observation of the participants of Wiki both online and offline will also be monitored during the project duration. For offline engagement data, we will also utilize data from the program implementer in order to get better explanation on how changes in behavior of these youth take place.
In both cities, expert meetings and expert interviews will be held in both cities to comprehend the political, socio economic and cultural issues. The experts will also include the implementers of the Wiki program so that the detail activities are captured and closely monitored.