• Arnaldo PelliniEmail author
  • Budiati Prasetiamartati
  • Kharisma Priyo Nugroho
  • Elisabeth Jackson
  • Fred Carden


This chapter synthesises the conclusions of the previous chapters, describing advances made in the knowledge sector and evidence-informed policymaking in Indonesia since the end of the Soeharto regime. While in some Western countries, post-truth political discourse appears to be on the rise, this book confirms that to boost productivity and strengthen economic growth, intellectual capital and a policymaking process that values, demands and makes use of timely and good-quality knowledge and evidence to inform policy decisions are necessary. To achieve this end, it is important to view the knowledge sector as an ‘evidence ecosystem’ where incremental progress, changes and improvement result in positive changes in the economy and society. It is a long journey but a journey well worth undertaking, as it will strengthen economic development, improve social conditions and contribute to a stronger democracy in Indonesia.


Evidence-informed policymaking Post-truth politics Knowledge sector Knowledge system Evidence ecosystem Policymaking Indonesia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arnaldo Pellini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Budiati Prasetiamartati
    • 2
  • Kharisma Priyo Nugroho
    • 3
    • 4
  • Elisabeth Jackson
    • 2
  • Fred Carden
    • 5
  1. 1.Overseas Development InstituteLondonUK
  2. 2.Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Pro-Poor Policy: The Knowledge Sector InitiativeJakartaIndonesia
  3. 3.Indonesian Alliance for Policy Research (ARK Indonesia)JakartaIndonesia
  4. 4.Winrock InternationalBangkokThailand
  5. 5.Using Evidence Inc.OttawaCanada

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