Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Development

Today, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network working with Open Data Watch and a group of experts from academia, non-profits, and international organizations published a report titled Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Development. The report is the most comprehensive effort to date to calculate the financial resources necessary to…

The Cost of Monitoring Post-2015 SDGs

The preliminary draft of an estimate of resources needed for countries to monitor post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals has just been published for comment.  Developed by a team of development data experts, from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) with the participation of ODW, the draft costing is the result of five months of intense research and is…

UN Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution Appointed

An Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution has been created by the UN Secretary-General to recommend what is needed to address data gaps and improve national statistical capacities for sustainable development. It will review opportunities due to technical innovations and many new public and private data providers that can strengthen traditional statistical systems and improve accountability…

Gender Data Gaps Highlighted at Data2x Roundtable

We can only make women’s lives better if data are available to monitor their status. But, as highlighted in a report “Mapping Gender Data Gaps,” data are often incomplete and a concerted global effort is needed to improve the scope and quality of gender statistics. A roundtable hosted by Da​ta2X (a collaboration of the UN Foundation, the…