Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for Sustainable Development Goals: Launching a data revolution for the SDGs


In September 2015, a summit of heads of state will adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The experience of the Millennium Development Goals underscores the importance of thinking through the indicators as early as possible; we cannot afford a lag of several years before we start to measure progress towards achieving the SDGs. This report outlines how a comprehensive indicator framework might be established to support the goals and targets proposed by the Open Working Group on the SDGs.



The writing of this report was led by Guido Schmidt-Traub, Eve de la Mothe Karoubi, and Jessica Espey with support from the Secretariat of the SDSN, including Chandrika Bahadur, Lauren Barredo, Claire Bulger, Megan Cassidy, María Cortés-Puch, Emmanuel Guerin, Holger Kuhle, Carl Mas, Bonnie Scarborough, and Kathy Zhang. This report has been reviewed and broadly endorsed by members of the SDSN Leadership Council, though some may not be in full agreement with every detail. See report for further acknowledgements.