Credit: Simon Fanger, Unsplash
Credit: Simon Fanger, Unsplash

Countries around the world are working to harness the data revolution to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data supports country-led efforts to advance whole-of-government and multi-stakeholder data roadmaps for sustainable development.

The Data4SDGs Toolbox is a set of tools, methods, and resources developed by data champions around the world, adapted and compiled by the Global Partnership. The Data4SDGs Toolbox will help countries to create and implement their own holistic data roadmaps for sustainable development — roadmaps that are responsive to and drive positive change on the ground. The toolbox will address institutional, policy, technical, resource, and capacity issues, among other things. It will help countries to address challenges and seize new opportunities in the collection and use of real-time, dynamic, disaggregated data to achieve and monitor the SDGs and their own sustainable development priorities.

The toolbox is being developed using an iterative, multi-stakeholder approach that is informed by an ongoing series of consultations and national workshops — at national and sub-national levels — in countries around the world. It is intended to help:

  • Coordinate multi-stakeholder and institutional arrangements to ensure country ownership on roadmap implementation.

  • Align SDG data roadmaps with national priorities and building on existing plans.

  • Prioritize efforts to increase and improve the utilization of data for decision-making, citizen empowerment, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

  • Define the essential minimum package of SDG data.

  • Establish SDG monitoring baselines.

  • Identify key data gaps and action plans for filling data gaps.

  • Identify opportunities and risks for the use of new sources of data.

  • Develop interim milestones on SDG targets.

  • Support capacity building and innovation for the generation, sharing, and utilization of data at national and sub-national levels.

An initial set of modules are now available for use or are in development as depicted in the toolbox framework. This is an iterative process where the modules will further develop and refine based on user feedback and additional inputs through our network of partners.


Contributing Partners

 GEO - Group on Earth Observations
Non-governmental organization
GEO harnesses the power of open data through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems for access to better information and decision making for a changing planet.
WINGU - Tecnología Sin Fines de Lucro
Non-governmental organization
We love developing projects in partnership with other civil society organizations, that combine technology, open data, and agile methodologies which foster social impact.
SDSN Youth
Non-governmental organization
SDSN Youth is the global youth division of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). It is a new initiative to amplify the tremendous energy and capabilities of youth in generating broader buy-in for the SDGs by mobilizing resources and building capacity to empower action.
Private sector
Orange is one of the largest operators of mobile and internet services in Europe and Africa and a global leader in corporate telecommunication services.
Open Data Charter Logo
Non-governmental organization
The Open Data Charter is a collaboration between governments and experts working to open up data. It was founded in 2015 around six principles for how governments should be publishing information.
Open Data for Development Network
Non-governmental organization
Open Data for Development (OD4D) is a global network of leaders in the Open Data community, working together to develop open data solutions around the world.
Private sector
Mapbox is a mapping platform for developers. Our building blocks make it easy to integrate location into any mobile or online application. We want to change the way people move around cities and understand our planet.
PARIS21 - Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century
Multilateral organization
PARIS21 promotes the better use and production of statistics throughout the developing world.
Data2X - Partnering for a Gender Data Revolution
Non-governmental organization
Data2X is a collaborative technical and advocacy platform dedicated to improving the quality, availability and use of gender data in order to make a practical difference in the lives of girls and women worldwide.
Dalberg Data Insights
Private sector
Dalberg Data Insights builds bridges between private data and important social problems.  We create tools to interpret data and uncover solutions in international development, humanitarian action, and social impact.
Millennium Challenge Corporation - United States of America
The Millennium Challenge Corporation is an independent U.S. Government agency working to reduce global poverty through economic growth. Created in 2004, MCC provides time-limited grants and assistance to poor countries that meet rigorous standards for good governance, from fighting corruption to respecting democratic rights.
Non-governmental organization
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international alliance of members and partners which constitutes an influential network of organizations at the local, national, regional, and international levels, and spans the spectrum of civil society.
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Logo
Non-governmental organization
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is an international team dedicated to humanitarian action and community-led development through participatory mapping, citizen-generated data, and technology.

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