The use of data for informed decision-making is critical to improved public health and development. However, there has generally been limited attention to using existing data in an integrated way to guide health planning and action. In Indonesia there is a plethora of health data from household surveys, health information systems, and research. Yet these data have not been systematically used to inform decision-making or as a training resource for public health professionals.
These gaps in utilization are due in part to the limited number of professionals in-country with experience and training to integrate, analyze and interpret health and programmatic data. As a result, despite availability of data there is a lack of needed guidance for policy makers and program planners leading to uninformed decision to formulate and implement sound public health policies, and default to decisions based on anecdote and other factors.
To address the growing shortage of personnel with the required skills to fill this gap, Higher Education Network Ring (HENRI) brought together national and international educational institutions to train Indonesian scientists and public health professionals specifically for integration, analysis and use of country level data for decision-making.
Aim 1: Develop Data Repository and Access Portal
Data base that has been acquired and used in analysis were: DHS 2010, DHS 2007, IFLS, NSS 1999-2004, RisKesDas 2007, Benefit Evaluation Study II (BESII), World Bank Governance, PODES 2010, DHS 2012, DHS of ASEAN Countries 2007-2012. The Use of Riskesdas 2007 and 2010 followed standard procedures of National Health Research and Development Agency. The data repository hardware has been set up in 2 Universities and in SID, Lombok;
access portal to compiled databases is ACCESSIBLE here
Aim 2: Develop and implement a curriculum for training of integrated and applied data analysis with the focus on obtaining results for policy making, program planning, and impact evaluation
Curriculum in the Mater Program for Community Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine UI has been adjusted to data-driven training. Several workshops have been conducted to train academic staff teaching in the program with data-centered learning. Lesson plans of data-centered learning has been developed by lecturers in this program. The process has been repeated in Andalas University for bachelor in public health students. Similar number of lesson plan of data-centered learning has also been developed.
Access portal to secondary data analysis training and its related database is ACCESSIBLE here (link to Lesson plans).
Aim 3: Enhance capacity of universities and institutions in Indonesia to provide higher education and training in research on maternal and newborn health and nutrition by providing scholarships and fellowships for researchers and government officials to study in Indonesia and abroad with HENRI partners and providing funds to analyze and publish findings, and build mentoring networks
Three Masters students (2 from Andalas University and 1 from Lombok) and Three PhD candidates (1 from SEAMEO RECFON, 1 from Faculty of Medicine UI and 1 from Lombok) have been trained. Summer course for data analysis and data analyzes training have been conducted in Harvard School of Public Health with 12 beneficieries from Indonesia; while 4 Indonesian Scientiest were given the opportunity to be guided in data analyzes and manuscript writing at SEAMEO RECFON. Profile of scholarships and the beneficiaries are here.
Papers has been published from them in international journals and 20 more manuscript is on the process of submission and revision. List of publication and working manuscripts are ACCESSIBLE here.