An Evaluation Of The Use Of The Unified Database For Social Protection Programmes By Local Governments In Indonesia

The Unified Database for Social Protection Programmes (UDB) contains detailed socioeconomic and demographic information, as well as the names and addresses of the poorest 40 percent of the Indonesian population. Since 2012, the National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction (TNP2K), which manages the UDB, has provided this data to over 500 local government institutions to facilitate the implementation of local poverty reduction programmes. This paper evaluates the use of the UDB data based on the results of a qualitative assessment of data utilisation at the local level and a self-administered user feedback survey. To improve the cooperation with local governments for increased effectiveness of poverty reduction programmes, our main recommendations are for TNP2K to engage more proactively with the institutions that request data, through (i) regular follow-ups with these institutions, (ii) a broad dissemination of socialisation material explaining the UDB, and (iii) the provision of specialised training on the use of UDB data for the planning and implementation of local programmes.