Civil society, data and SDG monitoring: What we’ve learned so far and our plans for taking things forward

This year CIVICUS, through its DataShift initiative, has been seeking to incubate a conversation on how we in civil society can collaborate to use our data to monitor the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

What is citizen-generated data and what is the DataShift doing to promote it?

This briefing note helps to clarify what we mean when we talk about citizen-generated data, as something which people or their organisations produce to directly monitor, demand or drive change on issues that affect them. It explains why citizen-generated data is important, including how it can complement (rather than replace) institutional data. It then outlines what the DataShift is doing to promote the creation and use of citizen-generated data, through both in-country projects and an online Learning Zone.

Datashift Progress Update and Consultation Summary

Following a comprehensive Scoping Study and to inform the design of the DataShift implementation phase, CIVICUS has been working with partners and consulting with civil society and a range experts to ensure the DataShift is a bottom-up, demand-driven initiative that responds to the needs of citizens and their organisations.