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A novel framework to conceptualise data challenges posed by the SDGs

Authored by Charles Beaudry, Anca Tacu, Dr. Graham Long and Dr. Kate Roll

SDGs

31 January 2024

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UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) Policy Brief No.28

Authors: 

  • Charles BeaudryMaster of Public Administration Graduate | UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
  • Anca TacuNetwork Manager | UK hub of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network at the UCL Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose
  • Dr. Graham LongSenior Lecturer | Newcastle University
  • Dr. Kate Roll Associate Professor | UCL Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose

Abstract:

The SDGs propose a new approach to global governance through goal setting, bringing together both novel reporting components as well elements from already existing reporting frameworks. Halfway through the 2030 Agenda, the centrality of data and reporting to the SDGs is receiving renewed attention. However, much of the focus remains on the challenges posed by the SDG reporting framework. Our initial research has indicated that the relationship between the ‘transformative commitments’ of the SDGs and data has been under-theorised in the literature. In the spirit of SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals, this key finding sparked a collaboration between SDSN UK and the ONS to develop a preliminary conceptual framework which articulates and synthesises the unique features of data and reporting for the SDGs. The framework is intended to enable a more systematic exploration of the relationship between data and the transformative nature of the sustainable development agenda, and identify potential solutions for addressing SDG data challenges.

Reference:

This brief can be referenced as follows: Beaudry, C., Tacu, A., Long, G., and Roll, K. (2024). A novel framework to conceptualise data challenges posed by the SDGs. UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, Policy Brief series (IIPP PB 28). Available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/public-purpose/sites/bartlett_public_purpose/files/pb-28.pdf

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