Counting on the World to Act: A Roadmap for Governments to Achieve Modern Data Systems for Sustainable Development

In Counting on the World to Act, TReNDS details an action plan for governments and their development partners that will enable them to deliver the SDGs worldwide by 2030. Our recommendations specifically aim to empower government actors – whether national statisticians, chief data scientists, chief data officers, ministers of planning, or others concerned with evidence in support of sustainable development – to advocate for, build, and lead a new data ecosystem.

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Partnerships founded on trust: Introducing Contracts for Data Collaboration (C4DC)

A new project from TReNDS, the GovLab at New York University, University of Washington, and the World Economic Forum aims to shed light on the opportunities and challenges inherent to data collaboratives, and facilitate understanding of the written agreements that underpin them. Learn more about Contracts for Data Collaboration here.

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Aligning Bristol’s One City Plan with the SDGs

The City of Bristol in the United Kingdom has pledged its support to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has worked to identify alignment between the Goals and the recently launched One City Plan. A mapping exercise was undertaken to identify a framework for monitoring progress against the targets embedded in both the One City Plan and the SDGs. This project was part of the LDA-SI 2018-2019 microgrant program.

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Valuing the SDGs for Localization in Patiala, India

The Community Systems Foundation’s OpenCities Institute worked with the City of Patiala in Punjab, India to develop a proof-of-concept city-level SDG data system, demonstrating the simplicity, feasibility, and value of subnational SDG monitoring through data visualization design and technology. This project was part of the LDA-SI 2018-2019 microgrant program.

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Metropolitan Localized Data in Greater Belo Horizonte, Brazil: A Participatory Strategy to Better Governance

The SDG in Action Project – a partnership between Metropolitan SDG Observatory (METRODS), University Newton Paiva, and Nossa BH Movement – developed and tested an indicator framework to monitor the achievement of SDG 11 targets in Brazil’s Metropolitan Area of Belo Horizonte. This project was part of the LDA-SI 2018-2019 microgrant program.

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Revising National SDG Targets for the City of Los Angeles

The Mayor’s Office of the City of Los Angeles, in partnership with local universities and with the support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, developed a methodology to map city activities and data relevant to the SDG framework that can be used to align priorities and perspectives with global aspirations. This project was part of the LDA-SI 2018-2019 microgrant program.

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Local Action to Global Replication: How Sub-national Data Efforts Support SDG Achievement

In 2018, the Local Data Action Solutions Initiative (LDA-SI) launched a microgrant program aimed at developing sub-national solutions for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) monitoring. In this synthesis report, learn about the shared experiences and contextual differences of SDG localization in Aruba, Brazil, Colombia, England, India, and the United States.

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Maximizing Access to Public Data

As quantities of data have increased around the world, calls for publicly-produced data to be made freely available have also increased. What should happen in the exceptional cases where data cannot be made open by administrative authorities? What are legitimate reasons for nondisclosure of public information? These and other questions are addressed in this brief, written by Open Data Watch for TReNDS.

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Civil registration and vital statistics benefit health, child protection, and governance

Civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) record births, deaths, and other major life events that are essential to understanding the development of a country and its people. The associated personal identification and data are critical to ensuring human rights and the monitoring of 12 of the 17 SDGs. Yet CRVS gaps persist, and calculations suggest that 77 of the 100 countries still without a functioning CRVS system will collectively require US$220 million in investments. 

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