Program Peduli has adopted a data-based approach in an effort to improve access to public services for marginalized groups, including people with disabilities and remote indigenous communities.
Working with local governments, Peduli’s partner for Pillar of Persons with Disability partners adopted an inclusive data-based approach to improve access to public services for people with disabilities. Data was collected in 6 working areas with the aim to identify service needs by people with disabilities. The data was then used to advocate for better service delivery for people with disabilities, including increasing access to health services. For example, Pattiro (Peduli’s partner) has successfully advocated four community health centers in West Lombok to be declared as an ‘inclusive health center’ and the Regional Department of Health to provide BPJS cards to more than 280 people with disabilities and their families.
In Sukoharjo district, Central Java, Regional Department of Social Welfare in collaboration with the Department of Health has adopted a more inclusive system to collect population data using innovative tools introduced by Program Peduli implementing partner, Karina Kas. This inclusive population measurement tool accommodated the disability statistical questionnaire from the Washington Group that generates more accurate and internationally comparable disability data to develop programs and policies for better service delivery. In other program areas, such as in West Sumba and Southwest Sumba (with Peduli’s partner, Bahtera Foundation) and Kulon Progo and Sleman (with Peduli’s partner, SIGAB), disability data collected was integrated with the Village Information System to help village governments respond to disability people’s basic needs.
Samanta Foundation, one of civil society organizations, was working with the village government in Mekarsari, East Lombok to improve the data collection system at the village level. Mekarsari village community is a forest dependent community that experiences low health, education and welfare services, as well as negative stereotypes. The Participatory Poverty Assessment and Monitoring (PPAM) system was adopted by the East Lombok regional government to be used in several villages. Working with a network of local civil society organizations, a community advocacy group formed a women-themed planning council (at the sub-district and district levels) to advocate the specific needs of women and marginalized groups.
Program Peduli partners focused on data collection models that were in line with local government systems and existing laws to facilitate collaboration between civil society organizations and local government representatives to improve basic service provision for marginalized groups.