DataShift’s work using citizen-generated data takes place against the backdrop of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs provide an unprecedented opportunity to adopt a new approach to monitoring and accountability – with citizens at the core. To better deliver and monitor the SDGs, a ‘data revolution for sustainable development’ has also been called for, to leverage new sources of data, increase access to data, and ultimately support the policies and decisions that will improve outcomes for both people and the planet.
Achieving this will take all parts of society working together. At the international level governments will likely report on their progress every four years. From the global SDGs, national indicators and roadmaps are now being set. But this is a huge task, particularly for middle income and developing countries. However, citizen-generated data can potentially play a vital role by complementing and filling gaps in the data collected by National Statistics Offices and therefore improve the monitoring of progress on the SDGs.
DataShift is working to ensure that civil society and citizen-generated data is included in the Sustainable Development Goals follow-up and review processes. This includes demonstrating how citizen-generated data can support the domestication of SDG targets and indicators, the creation of data baselines, and in national and local development strategies.
GLOBAL GOALS FOR LOCAL IMPACT
Domesticating the SDGs
DataShift is convening a series of national dialogues on the state of gender data in each of the DataShift pilot countries (Kenya, Argentina, Nepal and Tanzania), with a view to identifying the challenges and opportunities around using citizen-generated data as part of an integrated, multi-stakeholder approach to facilitating engagement, spurring action, and monitoring progress on SDG 5. Learn more >>
The DataShift team continues to provide expert advice to Government-led national data revolution roadmap processes, including through workshops in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Kenya and Tanzania. Our ongoing advocacy work with the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics includes campaigning for the inclusion of civil society inputs and multiple sources of data, including citizen-generated data in the revised National Statistics Act. We have developed a guide to engaging with your government on the SDGs, drawing on our experiences in Kenya and Tanzania on the use of multiple sources of data to monitor progress on SDG 5. The guide provides information about some of the main opportunities, challenges and strategies for civil society engagement with government on SDG monitoring and accountability and will be updated on an ongoing basis. Download the guide.
DataShift’s research and learning from the local and national levels informs advocacy to support the inclusion of citizen-generated data into the UN-led SDG follow-up and review process.