Through an update of the Third Open Government Partnership National Action Plan for the United States, released on September 20, 2016, the United States committed to develop a U.S. government SDG Data Revolution Roadmap by June 2017. The roadmap seeks to chart the course to fill data gaps and build capacity for data-driven decision-making.

In a roundtable designed to jump-start the roadmap by developing a framework for work to be completed in the first year, participants addressed three themes: (1) strengthening the U.S. SDG National Reporting Platform, (2) data for action in the U.S., and (3) supporting global efforts to achieve the SDGs through data-driven initiatives.

A January 2017 report summarizing their insights and recommendations was produced with the support from the Center for Open Data Enterprise and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.

There are a number of other data innovation activities currently supporting sustainable development in the United States. See below for blogs, partner activities, initiatives, and resources related to sustainable development data in the United States.

  

Initiatives

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Data to End Hunger: The 50 X 2030 Initiative

The “50 X 2030” initiative is an ambitious effort to conduct regular surveys of farming households in 50 low and lower-middle income countries by 2030—and then make the data, combined with other information sources, widely available. The 50 will likely include 30 from sub-Saharan Africa, 10 from Asia, and 10 from Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Data Roadmaps

GPSDD Initiated | Resources Available
Data roadmaps support countries in developing and implementing multi-stakeholder data ecosystems for sustainable development.
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Environment Data Collaborative

GPSDD Initiated | Looking for Partners | Resources Available
Using earth observation and remote sensing data to protect the environment and improve climate resilience.
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Leave No One Behind Data Collaborative

Looking for Partners | Resources Available
Strengthening disaggregated data to help ensure that groups traditionally marginalized from development progress, are included.
  
     

Partners

Lumos Logo
Non-governmental Organization
Lumos is working to end the institutionalization of children around the world by 2050. We work with international donors, governments, and communities, helping them redirect funds from orphanages to provide health, education, and social services, so children can be raised in loving families.
Equal Measures 2030 Logo
Non-governmental Organization
Equal Measures 2030 is an independent civil society and private sector-led partnership which envisions a world where no girl or woman is invisible. By compiling data and evidence and providing analysis, we aim to highlight gender gaps in outcomes, measure progress for girls and women, and identify evidence-based solutions.
GDI Global Development Incubator Logo
Private sector
Global Development Incubator (GDI) pushes beyond traditional consulting and bureaucratic incubation. We take a hands-on approach and partner with innovators to address urgent global problems.
Sightsavers Logo
Non-governmental Organization
Sightsavers is an international organization working with partners in developing countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people.
TECHO Logo
Non-governmental Organization
TECHO is a youth-led non-profit organization present in Latin America & the Caribbean. Through the joint work of families living in extreme poverty and youth volunteers, TECHO seeks to overcome poverty in slums.
CARTO Logo
Private sector
CARTO is an open cloud location data platform offering visual insights on where things happen, why they happen, and predicting what will happen in the future.
Benetech Logo - Technology Serving Humanity
Non-governmental Organization
Benetech is a nonprofit that empowers communities with software for social good.
PanApps Logo
Private sector
PanApps is a global information technology services and solutions provider.
Project 8 Logo
Private sector
Project 8 has prototyped a cloud-based, open data collaboration platform focused on sustainable development data and human needs perspectives, in particular. It is a professional social network built around data.
WorldPop - Flowminder.org Logo
Academic / Research Institution
Flowminder is a non-profit organization registered in Stockholm, with most of its staff in Southampton and Geneva. WorldPop is its main data dissemination program, led by Flowminder's Director, Professor Andy Tatem.
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.
Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation Logo
Non-governmental Organization
The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation is a non-governmental organization established in memory of the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, which seeks to advance dialogue and policy around sustainable peace and development.
Humanitarian Tracker Logo
Non-governmental Organization
Humanitarian Tracker connects and empower citizens by crowdsourcing information and using innovation in technology for humanitarian events.
iVEDiX
Private sector
iVEDiX is an innovative digital business platform company that offers uniquely interactive mobile analytics and visualization solutions to support a wide variety of global challenges.
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.
Data-Pop Alliance
Academic / Research Institution
Data-Pop Alliance is a global coalition on Big Data and development that brings together researchers, experts, practitioners, and activists to promote a people-centered Big Data revolution through collaborative research, capacity building, and community engagement.
AidData
Academic / Research Institution
AidData is a research and innovation lab based at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia that connects resources to results for sustainable development. We combine novel data, rigorous methods, and compelling analysis to assess who is funding what, where, and to what effect.
The Data Incubator
Private sector
The Data Incubator is committed to helping countries build big data talent capacity through intensive data science training.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Logo
Non-governmental Organization
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world.
United Nations ECLAC Logo - 70 ECLAC For Sustainable Development With Equality
Multilateral Organization
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, was founded with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world.
Agora
Non-governmental Organization
Agora makes it easier for donors to give to amazing causes and for nonprofits to focus on impact (rather than marketing).
National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law Logo
Academic / Research Institution
The National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law School is the national academically-affiliated nonprofit organization working to accomplish change that that helps people obtain access to justice. Our flagship project is the Justice Index.
Publish What You Fund - The Global Campaign for Aid Transparency
Non-governmental Organization
We work to make timely information on aid and development flows and activities open by default, and to make sure it is shared and used. We believe that whether it is fighting poverty, famine or climate change: transparent aid is better aid.
OECD
Multilateral Organization
The OECD is an intergovernmental organization of 35 member countries committed to market economies backed by democratic institutions and focused on the well-being of all citizens. Its mission is to promote policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.
GeoCensos - Mapeamos Juntos un Mundo Mejor
Non-governmental Organization
GeoCensos Foundation is an officially registered NGO working in the Latin America and the Caribbean region that promotes innovative projects in geospatial disciplines.
GSMA Logo
Private sector
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers, and internet companies, as well as organizations in adjacent industry sectors.
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.
Datavized Logo
Private sector
Datavized is an immersive visualization platform that makes it easy to turn complex data into fully interactive web experiences.
United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific ESCAP Logo
Multilateral Organization
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, works to overcome some of the region’s greatest challenges by providing results-oriented projects, technical assistance, and capacity building to member States.
DigitalGlobe Logo
Private sector
DigitalGlobe is the world’s leading provider of high-resolution Earth imagery, data, and analysis.
Prologica
Private sector
With over three decades of experience in the development, installation and implementation of solutions in the area of information, especially focused on the business market, Prologica currently has businesses in different areas from IT Services (where it all began) to Education and Healthcare.
The Governance Lab GovLab Logo
Academic / Research Institution
The Governance Lab at NYU Tandon is an action-research center created to improve people’s lives and strengthen democracy by changing the way we govern using new technologies.
The Center for Open Data Enterprise Logo
Academic / Research Institution
The mission of the Center for Open Data Enterprise is to maximize the value of open government data as a public resource, by focusing on data users.
Athena Infonomics Logo
Private sector
Athena Infonomics is a policy research and development analytics firm focusing on strengthening the use of data and social science research to solve development and inclusive growth issues worldwide.
Center for Data Innovation Logo
Academic / Research Institution
The Center for Data Innovation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank studying the intersection of data, technology, and public policy.
Facebook Logo
Private sector
Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.
The AI Initiative Logo
Academic / Research Institution
The AI Initiative is an initiative of The Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School dedicated to the rise of Artificial Intelligence. Its mission is to help shape the global AI policy framework.
International Center for Research on Women Logo
Non-governmental Organization
For more than 40 years, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) has been building the evidence base to demonstrate that when women and girls have opportunities to improve their lives, everyone benefits.