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    5 Weeks
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    Intermediate
  • Language:
    English
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    English
  • Course Type:
    Self-paced on your time

About this course

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Sustainable development is the most important global movement of our time. In 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These interconnected Goals aim to end poverty and promote economic prosperity, ensure social equity, and protect the environment. Above all, the 2030 Agenda commits to “leaving no one behind.” How do we know if we are on track to achieve the SDGs? Which Goals should different countries prioritize? And what kind of data do we need to ensure that everyone is counted?

Launched in 2015 by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the Sustainable Development Report is the first worldwide study to assess where the world stands with regard to achieving sustainable development. The Report contains the SDG Index and Dashboards, which use a combination of official and unofficial data and indicators to understand each country’s progress on the 17 SDGs.

In this short course, you will hear from some of the experts responsible for creating the Sustainable Development Report about the value of measuring progress on the SDGs, and how a tool like the SDG Index and Dashboards helps policymakers and other stakeholders make important decisions about their development priorities. You will examine the different types of data that can be used to measure development progress, and learn the technical steps needed to construct an index for the SDGs. Finally, you will explore regional and city-level indices, and discuss new approaches to SDG measurement and data-based decision-making.

What you'll learn

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  • Understand the value of measuring progress on the SDGs.

  • Use the SDG Index and Dashboards as a tool for understanding SDG progress in your country, region, or city.

  • Differentiate between data sources and select the most appropriate source for different types of data.

  • Identify the steps necessary to construct an SDG Index.

Module 1: An Introduction to SDG Measurement

Module 2: Constructing an Index, Part I: Methodology and Data

Module 3: Constructing an Index, Part II: Technical Training

Module 4: Regional and City Indices

Module 5: Conclusions and Goals Ahead

Meet your instructors

Guido Schmidt-Traub
Scientific Co-Director of the SDG Index, and Executive Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Guillaume Lafortune
SDG Index Manager
UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Jessica Espey
Senior Adviser
UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

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