Preview the upcoming report Counting on the World to Act

On Radical Transformations for Modern Statistical Systems

Executive summary written by Jessica Espey and members of SDSN TReNDS

Blog written by Jay Neuner

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SDSN TReNDS is launching a preview of the upcoming report Counting on the World to Act (September 2019), which details the radical transformations needed in modern statistical systems in order to support the world’s greatest needs.

Counting on the World to Act details the sea change needed in modern statistical systems in order to support the world’s greatest needs. Specifically, the report is addressed to the international and national stakeholders with the responsibility – and power – to support the Sustainable Development Goals, the cross-cutting efforts that must be achieved in the next 10 years for the world’s people, this one planet we have, and our ongoing prosperity. 

The forthcoming report will emphasize how all stakeholders can best empower and support governments, as those most accountable for the SDGs’ success, to implement these transformations and act on evidence-based approaches to achieve the SDGs.

This preview outlines the four building blocks for robust, inclusive and relevant national data systems that can curate and promote better data for sustainable development:

  • Strong leadership and governance with an empowered national statistician or relevant national data coordinator who is open and enabled to collaborate with third parties, and is actively encouraging a more inclusive international statistical system

  • Common principles, standards, and policy frameworks to ensure data comparability and the capacity to integrate data from different sources, as well as a supportive environment for collaboration

  • An open, user-centric system that actively supports public and private data demands, collaboration, and innovation at the local, national, and international levels

  • A robust funding model that ensures the long-term production of the vital data we need to manage progress towards sustainable development

You can read the executive summary here and read more about these themes in a column in Nature written by TReNDS Director Jessica Espey.

Find more from the Counting on the World series at sdsntrends.org/countingon.