Step Up Managing Consultant Michael Canares led the design for the Labour Market Information Systems exploratory workshop for Indonesia and facilitated the same last April 9-10, 2019 at the GIZ Headquarters in Jakarta Indonesia. The primary question that the workshop tackled was whether non-traditional data sources can help overcome information deficits in labour market development programs.
The workshop brought together policy makers from relevant education and labour market related institutions, providers of relevant data and technical experts across Indonesia, more particularly those in the food processing sector, the current test case. The workshop aimed to initiate an in-depth discussion with respect to the following overarching questions:
- On which basis are education and labour market policies currently formulated in Indonesia?
- Are the currently used data sources enough to serve as a basis for informed policy formulation?
- What are known data/information gaps that may lead to sub-optimal policy decisions?
- Can non-traditional data sources, in particular, data from job-platforms and social networks, be used to enrich the existing information base and strengthen the evidence base in order to allow for more informed policy decisions?
- What gains can be expected from the use of non-traditional data sources?
- What are the related prerequisites and the costs related to the use of non-traditional data sources?
- What process needs to be in place to develop a system of integrating new data sources to existing systems?
Through intensive workshops and meaningful conversations designed primarily to harness different ideas, the workshop resulted to at least four experiments in the use of different data sources – big data, open data, thick data, and citizen-generated data – to be able to capture traditionally unavailable information that are critical to labour market decision making processes.
The workshop was sponsored by GIZ and was part of GIZ’s efforts to harness new data sources for development projects.