Research and analysis on citizen-generated data, and its role in promoting accountability and monitoring the SDGs.
The SDGs have seventeen goals covering people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership, so most organisations are already working towards accomplishing the SDGs and have interest in helping monitoring SDG progress. Despite the aligned interests, most organisational data cannot be used for SDG monitoring because its methodology or scope differs from the official indicator methodology. For example, many of the SDG indicators ask for proportion of the national population, which is typically larger geographic area than most organisations operate. Even with these difficulties, civil society can contribute to the SDG dialogue and help hold decision-makers accountable to their commitment towards the goals. One example of this is the 2018 SPEAK! Campaign, which brought together 36 organisations in 22 countries to collect 581 responses to indicator SDG 16.7.2 regarding responsive, inclusive, participatory, and representative decision-making at all levels.