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Measuring Sustainable Development

Course

Self-paced e-learning

UN Partner

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SDG Academy

United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Course details

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Length
5 weeks
Effort
1-3 hours per week
Level
Introductory
Language
English
Venue
Online
Certificate
No
Price
Free

Course summary

The SDGs are an ambitious global agenda for prosperity, people, and planet. But how do we know if we are on track to achieve them? Which Goals should different stakeholders prioritize? And what kind of data do we need to ensure that no one is left behind?

About this course

Sustainable development is the most important global movement of our time. In 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These interconnected Goals aim to end poverty and promote economic prosperity, ensure social equity, and protect the environment. Above all, the 2030 Agenda commits to “leaving no one behind.” How do we know if we are on track to achieve the SDGs? Which Goals should different countries prioritize? And what kind of data do we need to ensure that everyone is counted?

Launched in 2015 by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the Sustainable Development Report is the first worldwide study to assess where the world stands with regard to achieving sustainable development. The Report contains the SDG Index and Dashboards, which use a combination of official and unofficial data and indicators to understand each country’s progress on the 17 SDGs.

In this short course, you will hear from some of the experts responsible for creating the Sustainable Development Report about the value of measuring progress on the SDGs, and how a tool like the SDG Index and Dashboards helps policymakers and other stakeholders make important decisions about their development priorities. You will examine the different types of data that can be used to measure development progress, and learn the technical steps needed to construct an index for the SDGs. Finally, you will explore regional and city-level indices, and discuss new approaches to SDG measurement and data-based decision-making.

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Target audience

  • Statisticians who want to learn how data analysis can create a road map for sustainable development
  • Advanced undergraduate and graduate students interested in statistics and data science
  • Policymakers and professionals who seek to encourage sustainable development
  • Development practitioners who want to understand how data can influence decisions on development

Learning objectives

Understand the value of measuring progress on the SDGs and how a tool like the SDG Index and Dashboards helps policymakers and other stakeholders make important decisions about their development priorities. Examine the different types of data that can be used to measure development progress, and learn the technical steps needed to construct an index for the SDGs. Explore regional and city-level indices, and discuss new approaches to SDG measurement and data-based decision-making.