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This report aims to explain the discrepancies in crisis-related research results in Indonesia, and to recommend methodologies to enhance future crisis-related monitoring and surveillance. The discussion aims to identify where the discrepancies are in the readily available data, and how these discrepancies can be explained. The report does not attempt to clarify the impact that the economic crisis is having on the health status of women and children in Indonesia. Recommendations are made to deal with the following findings: Aggregation of data may hide important crisis impacts; attribution of identified changes to the economic crisis may be misleading; differences in the timing of data collection are a key reason for differences in findings; differences in methodologies limit the comparability of data; and indicators of crisis impact are not always comparable or relevant. The conclusions and recommendations presented here will have relevance for program managers and decisionmakers who are in the process of reviewing any crisis-related research results and should not be seen as being mutually exclusive. There is much interaction between the key factors affecting the comparability of crisis-related data identified in this review, and these issues should be addressed in their totality when reviewing data or developing monitoring activities.






Frontiers in Reproductive Health