The SDG Local Data Action Solutions Initiative (SI) is a crossover project between the USA-Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI) and the Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS).Upon the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals by 193 countries in September 2015, a clear consensus emerged that data would play a key role in measuring- and achieving – progress towards the goals. Stakeholders from across national governments, private sector corporations, and civil society groups have mobilized to this effect. And now, almost two years into the agenda, the importance of supporting local action in this global data effort is becoming even more apparent. And experience is showing that local SDG data and monitoring initiatives provide a platform for broad stakeholder engagement that, in effect, promotes more relevant, effective and inclusive SDG implementation.
In SDSN’s city-level SDG implementation efforts, including USA-SCI, experience has proven the importance of data and monitoring activities for providing structure to city strategies for target achievement. Experience has also shown that these data and monitoring activities need to consider stakeholders – both as data providers and as data users – to ensure these tools are locally relevant, and useful in the quest to achieve SDG targets. As momentum for city-level SDG implementation increases, new cities joining the global effort are seeking guidance on how to build locally-appropriate, effective data solutions. A few cities are breaking new ground in this area, and their examples can provide real-life lessons and guidance for others.
Straddling two work streams at SDSN, SDG Local Data Action documents local-level SDG data efforts to provide “blueprints” for other cities to apply. These “blueprints” document methodological lessons and innovative data tools drawn from city-level SDG initiatives so that these can be transferred and adapted to other city contexts and utilized to support their SDG achievement strategies. They also include information on ways that stakeholders engage in SDG city initiatives through those local data activities.
SDG Local Data Action takes advantage of SDSN’s role as a convener of knowledge, methods, and best practices in localized SDG measurement. It captures practical guidance for critical questions as it convenes a community of practice that will provide the foundation of a new hub for problem-solving on SDG city data localization, which also demonstrate different modalities for stakeholder engagement and participation, and the SI will champion and disseminate innovative lessons from these experiences.
Subnational SDG Strategies briefing series
As momentum for new local efforts expands, actors are seeking more guidance on the “how to” of SDG localization, and a growing array of city-level data localization efforts get underway their methods and means for stakeholder involvement are providing critical lessons in real time. With this in mind, SDG Local Data Action is documenting city-level SDG data and monitoring efforts in order to provide transferable “blue prints” for other cities to use in their own local SDG initiatives.
United States of America
Bay Area/ San Jose, California:
Data Tools for the California Bay Area: Actionable Intelligence for Cities to Support SDG Achievement