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FEATURE STORY

Poverty Analytical Software to Support Public Policy in Indonesia

March 2, 2010

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • ADePT - A software platform for automated economic analysis is now available for Indonesia
  • ADePT makes the whole analytical process even more accessible by providing the interface and outputs in Bahasa Indonesia, and can carry out analysis at the district level (kabupaten)
  • This program will lead to better formulation and targeting, and more effective investments of government resources

Jakarta, March 2, 2010 - The first stand-alone version of ADePT was launched in Jakarta Indonesia by the World Bank Indonesia Country Office, DEC (The Research Department of the World Bank), and Development Planning Agency of Indonesia (Bappenas). ADePT software was developed by DEC to automate and standardize economic analysis. ADePT is now available for researchers and poverty practitioners who want to quickly and reliably analyze their data using state-of-the-art statistical and econometric techniques. This new version is freely available to any user and can be conveniently downloaded from the World Bank external website.

Indonesia pioneers the localization of ADEPT

In November 2009 the Indonesia Poverty Team in collaboration with DEC initiated a project to ‘localize’ the Adept software – A key feature is the ability to carry out analysis at the Kabupaten (district) level to specific Indonesian policy questions using nationally-representative household surveys. ADePT Indonesia makes the whole analysis process even more accessible by providing the interface and outputs in Bahasa Indonesia. Indonesia is the first client country to initiate ADePT localization and to undertake broad dissemination.

A wealth of good data is available to Indonesian policy makers – but there remains a gap in the ability to use these data to make informed policy decisions. The ADePT software is answering the request from government of Indonesia for tailor-made tools to support evidence-based policy making and planning.

Adept is an efficient policy making tool because it includes a comprehensive set of tables for several different areas related to economic development and poverty reduction” says Pak Daniey A.Purwanto from INDEF, an independent research institute.

The benefit of ADePT is that is minimizes the time necessary for data processing and allows more time for analyzing the results. It also allows the user to simulate different outcomes for policy scenarios such as cash transfers, price changes, subsidies, etc. Most importantly it is very easy to learn how to use, and with appropriate data preparation it guarantees accurate and consistent results every time.

“In a matter of minutes I can test the poverty impact of targeted cash transfers to female headed households, with just a few clicks of the mouse!” says Pak Adhitya Wardhana, lecturer from Padjajaran University in Bandung.

Ibu Dewa Ayu Eka S from BPS comments, “Previously with other software packages, I routinely spent a lot of time creating tables manually. With Adept I can rapidly and effortlessly produce many standard tables for poverty analysis.”

ADePT Indonesia will be very useful for the Development Planning Agency of Indonesia  (Bappenas) to improve the effectiveness of their poverty alleviation programs to better serve the poor. “Bappenas's goal is to extend the capacity to apply ADePT to different sectors and the regions by creating a network of poverty analysis expertise in government, universities and independent think tanks around the country." adds Ibu Endah Murniningtyas, Head of the Poverty Directorate Bappenas
 


Partnership in Action

ADePT is a core ingredient in building institutions and developing local capacities. Shubham Chaudhuri, lead economist for PREM Unit- Poverty Reduction & Economic Management in Indonesia sees how ADePT fits into the bigger picture,  “By translating ADePT into Indonesian language, training a core group of national Adept experts both inside and outside government, we hope to be able to empower decision makers and planners at both national and local levels to better understand the impact of their policies and programmes on development and poverty reduction.

 


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