Turning Local Data into Action for SDG Implementation
Tracking-progress is a Community Indicator System (CIS) that aims to make data visualization easy. It enables communities to track progress on issues that matter to them in the context of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This “localization” of the SDGs empowers communities to act at the local level, observe their impact, share experiences with other communities and build new partnerships for implementation.
The SDGs rely on the collection of data for each of the 17 Goals to assess how much progress has been made and what remains to be done before 2030. Collecting and communicating data at the local level can help communities identify strengths and areas where improvement is needed to achieve the SDGs locally.
Tracking-progress is an open-source web-based CIS that communities can use to track issues that matter most to them. The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has developed this tool to help communities more easily customize, collect and visualize indicator data on key issues of community wellbeing using maps, graphs and charts, and to track progress on these issues against the SDGs. This “localization” of the SDGs helps to turn abstract global targets into actionable local challenges.
Tracking-progress also enables communities to share experiences and learn from each other. Communities with similar challenges can draw on the lessons to engage in new collaborative efforts. Comparisons with other communities in the same country or internationally can provide outside validation of progress and stimulate a competitive spirit between communities. Donors and development partners can use that data provided through this tool to track the impact of their work and identify new partners.
The first CIS platform using IISD’s open source tool, “PEG“, was launched in Winnipeg in June 2018. Four additional CIS platforms based on the Tracking-progress tool are under development in Canadian communities in three provinces, and IISD plans to launch more Tracking-progress portals in Canada and internationally soon.