DATA

Measuring Progress Harnessing the power of data to accelerate achievement of the SDGs


Open Data


The SDGs will add the challenges of ensuring more equitable development and environmental sustainability. Crucial to their success will be strong government systems and in particular strong statistical systems that can measure and incentivize progress across the goals. The discussion of the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has renewed interest in the quality and availability of statistics for management, program design, and monitoring performance. Most of the necessary statistics are produced by national statistical systems in developing countries, and this data is a crucial component for good governance.

The SDG indicators require the use of modern, innovative technologies, including geospatial data, for comprehensive, disaggregated and frequent data collection, across all three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, environmental, and social).

Development data comes in many shapes and sizes. In its narrowest sense it refers to the data used to monitor progress on the SDGs, through official SDG indicators.

More broadly it refers to the vast number of official statistics compiled by national statistical offices and line ministries to aid governance and program design, as well as very detailed data compiled by the international community to monitor the pace of economic and social development, as well as the status of the environment (broadly reflected in the World Bank’s World Development Indicators).

Most users are interested in having rapid and easy access to the most recent data available for a key indicator. They often know, or have heard, that data exist for a given indicator, but don’t have ready access to this data. Sometimes, the publication is missing from their library, or they don’t have time to track down various data sources and compare the results of these surveys. They don’t have access to government and donor databases. The data are in formats which are difficult to use in reports and presentations. The main purpose of SDG Data Labs (SDGDL) is to help users to capture, manage, present, disseminate and have ready access to all relevant human development data on one common database platform.


  • SDG Data Labs supports the assessment of SDG data availability and gaps
  • SDG Data Labs provides assistance in design, development and production of national SDG dashboards and reports

  • SDG Data Labs support capacity building for policy-makers and other development stakeholders to use analytical tools and methodologies that leverage data and statistics for sustainable development
  • SDG Data Labs support capacity building for policy-makers and other development stakeholders to use analytical tools and methodologies that leverage data and statistics for sustainable development