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

Open Data Charter
Non-governmental Organization
The Open Data Charter is a collaboration between governments and experts working to open up data. The aspiration was that data should be open by default, timely and interoperable. More than 70 governments and organisations have joined the movement.
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.
CIVICUS Logo
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.
PEPFAR
Government
The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the U.S. government initiative to save the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS around the world.
 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.
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.
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Logo
Non-governmental Organization
Free, up-to-date maps are a critical resource when relief organizations are responding to disasters or political crises. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) creates and provides those maps.
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.
Sustainable Development Solutions Network - A Global Initiative for the United Nations
Academic / Research Institution
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network connects researchers, practitioners, and policymakers around the globe to create and catalyze solutions to our world's most pressing economic, social, and environmental challenges.
Millennium Challenge Corporation - United States of America
Government
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.
Orange
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.
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.
Mapbox
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.
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.
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.
  
  

Resources on Data4SDGs Toolbox

More Resources
Data4SDGs Toolbox

ADAPT: Advanced Data Planning Tool

The Advanced Data Planning tool (ADAPT) from the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) allows national statistical offices (NSOs) to identify data gaps and the necessary resources to fill those gaps. It reveals gaps in data coverage, reporting, financing and disaggregation.
Data4SDGs Toolbox

Data Roadmaps for Sustainable Development Guidelines

This module provides an overarching framework and set of guidelines for developing data roadmaps for sustainable development. It articulates the overall goals and purposes of the Data4SDGs Toolbox and links other modules to the roadmap process.
Data4SDGs Toolbox

Making Use of Citizen-Generated Data

This Data4SDGs Toolbox module explores how citizen-generated data — data individuals or their organizations produce to directly monitor, demand or drive change on issues that affect them — can be leveraged to support the effective tracking of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Data4SDGs Toolbox

Earth Observation Data to Support the SDGs

Earth observations can track global change in high resolution and in real time, and their use in SDG monitoring and decision-making is essential in capturing the sustainability of developments underpinning the SDG framework. This Data4SDGs Toolbox module explores how Earth observations can be used for action and data-driven decision-making across government, and to support targeted development programmes.
Data4SDGs Toolbox

CRVS Digitisation Guidebook

The Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Digitisation Guidebook provides guidance to countries on digitizing CRVS systems. The step-­by-­step guide shows how to plan, analyze, design and implement a comprehensive digitized CRVS system. It offers a sequence of activities with supplemental templates and examples to support users.

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