Post-2015 Data Test Report Launch, New York
New York, 8 July 2016 – The Southern Voice network and the United Nations Foundation organised a half-day dialogue drawing on seven country studies to unpack the challenges and opportunities related to data for the SDGs and how countries are beginning to address them.
The dialogue was also the occasion to launch the summary report of the Post-2015 Data Test, a research project undertaken to assess the availability and quality of data to measure progress against the SDGs in Bangladesh, Canada, Peru, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Turkey. The project was undertaken by the Centre for Policy Dialogue and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, in association with Southern Voice.
The summary report “Implementing Agenda 2030: Unpacking the Data Revolution at the Country Level” examines seven low-, middle- and high-income countries from four regions across the world: Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America. The report assesses data that is used to track progress for a majority of the 17 candidate SDGs, grouped into seven key areas: poverty; education; employment and inclusive growth; energy and infrastructure; environmental sustainability and disaster-resilience; governance and global partnership for sustainable development
The key findings of the report provided a background for the discussion, which addressed, among others, issues such as the political economy of the data revolution, opportunities to invest in data, and then reflect on what actions are already underway at the country-level to strengthen data for SDG implementation and monitoring.
The event brought together eminent researchers from each of the case countries to share findings and recommendations from the respective country reports, and thought leaders from the UN, member state missions, academia and civil society to make interventions on the presentations in the form of an informal and interactive discussion.
Top 20 tweets from the dialogue
Benefits from data gathering must be shared with local actors. They aren’t only providers of data but also beneficiaries. #datarevolution
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