Quotation Mulholland, Eric Thomas, Dimitrova, Asya, Hametner, Markus. 2018. SDG Indicators and Monitoring: Systems and Processes at the Global, European, and National Level. ESDN Quarterly Report April 2018.


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The well-known maxim: ‘If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it’ is not only relevant in the context of business operations, but is also helpful when it comes to global SD governance and the implementation of political priorities, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda). Indicators provide an important measuring ability that enables a relation to be made between the current state of affairs, such as how a country is presently doing regarding reaching certain Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and where a country would like to go, or be at, in the future. Indicators also allow progress to be tracked over time, which is important in keeping on track to reach targets and goals, as well as to inform the policy-making process as time goes on. In the context of the SDGs, quality and timely data and metrics are a powerful ‘management tool’ that can help governments, businesses, and civil society identify main challenges and focus their usually limited financial resources accordingly. Going beyond strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation when based on indicators also help improve transparency and accountability, and thus help to ensure the overall success of the SDGs. The development of global, national, or regional indicators, and their regular monitoring, allows countries to evaluate their progress and learn from the successes of others.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title SDG Indicators and Monitoring: Systems and Processes at the Global, European, and National Level
Title of whole publication ESDN Quarterly Report April 2018
Year 2018
URL https://www.sd-network.eu/?k=quarterly%20reports&report_id=48

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Projects
EUROSTAT Monitoring Report and flagship publications (2016-2018)
European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN)
People
Mulholland, Eric Thomas (Details)
Dimitrova, Asya (Former researcher)
Hametner, Markus (Details)
Organization
Institute for Managing Sustainability IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
2959 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
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