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2011 Annual Report

In 2011, SMERU staff was fully settled in at the new office in Cikini. This was marked by the resumption of our annual strategic meeting, which was held during a SMERU staff retreat in September in Bandung. In 2010, this activity was suspended due to our focus on moving and adjusting to the new office. In this year’s meeting, we focused on reviewing SMERU’s existing standard operating procedures (SOP) document. After more than ten years, it was considered necessary to have a complete review of the entire document.

2013 Annual Report

The year 2013 was a busy time for SMERU. In addition to completing 11 studies, SMERU also organized 16 seminars and workshops during the year, including three international conferences. The first one was the Child Poverty and Social Protection conference, which SMERU hosted in cooperation with the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) and UNICEF in Jakarta on 10–11 September. It was attended by 238 participants on the first day and 179 participants on the second day.

Teacher Absenteeism and Remote Area Allowance Baseline Survey


Asep Suryahadi

Nina Toyamah

Core Researchers and Field Coordinators:
Nina Toyamah, Bambang Sulaksono, Meuthia Rosfadhila, Silvia Devina, Sirojuddin Arif, Stella Aleida Hutagalung, Lisna Sulinar Sari, Andriani, Upik Sabainingrum, Nur Aini

Local Researchers:


When Teachers are Absent: Where do They Go and What is the Impact on Students?


ADDRESSING URBAN POVERTY Increasing Learning on Urban Poverty Reduction in Kota Surakarta and Kota Makassar, Indonesia


Research Advisor
Asep Suryahadi

SMERU Research Team
Rizki Fillaili (Team Leader), R.Justin Sodo, Prio Sambodho, Rachma Indah Nurbani, Herry Widjanarko, Kartawijaya, Abdul Ghofur, Rika Kumala Dewi, Mona Sintia, Ratri Indah Septiana

Regional Researchers

The Determinants of Student Performance in Indonesian Public Primary Schools: The Role of Teachers and Schools

In this paper we investigate the determinants of student performance in mathematics and dictation tests among fourth-grade school children in Indonesia. We use a unique dataset of school and student information that was collected in a nationally representative survey of 110 public schools in 8 Indonesian provinces in 2003. Using an OLS regression technique that compensates for heteroskedasticity, we conduct separate sets of student-level regressions for three performance variables: math scores, dictation scores and combined scores.

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