Between March 2015 and July 2017, I worked at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Starting in the fall of 2015, I began work on the first edition of the network’s new report: The Sustainable Development Goals Index & Dashboards. My role involved data collection and management: obtaining, evaluating, and harmonising over 100 indicators from disparate data sources. I coded the index in Stata, performed statistical analyses, and produced various visual outputs. I also coordinated several stages of the report production, including graphic design and printing.
The 2016 SDG Index and Dashboards report was released to coincide with the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July of that year. The report received significant media coverage with over 200 press citations, including in The Guardian, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and more.
The methodology and findings were also published in a peer-reviewed article: Schmidt-Traub, G., Kroll, C., Teksoz, K., Durand-Delacre, D., & Sachs, J. D. (2017). National baselines for the Sustainable Development Goals assessed in the SDG Index and Dashboards. Nature Geoscience, 10(8), 547-555. https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2985
The project has since continued, significantly growing and improving. A global report is published yearly. A growing number of regional and sub-national indices have also been developed and published based on similar methodologies. Links to the two reports I worked on are below, and you can find out more at: www.sdgindex.org
The 2016 edition of the SDG Index and Dashboards Report introduced the unofficial SDG Index and Dashboards and summarized the preliminary results. The report created for the first time a measure of the SDG starting point for 2015 at the country level. It was created to help every country identify priorities for early action, understand the key implementation challenges and identify the gaps that must be closed in order to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
Sachs, J., Schmidt-Traub, G., Kroll, C., Durand-Delacre, D., and Teksoz, K. (2016) Sustainable Development Goals Index and Dashboards – Global Report. New York: Bertelsmann Stiftung and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). http://www.sdgindex.org/
The 2017 edition of the SDG Index and Dashboards Report provides a report card for country performance on the historic Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The annual report shows how leaders can deliver on their promise and it urges countries not to lose the momentum for important reforms.
Sachs, J., Schmidt-Traub, G., Kroll, C., Durand-Delacre, D., and Teksoz, K. (2017) SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2017. Global Responsibilities. International Spillovers in Achieving the Goals. New York: Bertelsmann Stiftung and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). http://www.sdgindex.org/