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Harnessing Big Data Partnerships for National SDG Monitoring and Reporting: Exploring Opportunities, Challenges, and Best Practices

July 14, 2021 | 09:00 - 10:00am EDT
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present an unprecedented monitoring challenge for governments and National Statistical Offices (NSOs).  As a result of increasing demands for data from users, declining budgets, and rising data collection costs, interest has grown in harnessing data from new partners in the national “data ecosystem.” The potential for “big data” to support SDG monitoring has incited considerable enthusiasm with many emerging experiences and use cases which underscore the need for increased collaboration and partnership. However, there is poor information-sharing on how partnerships can support national SDG monitoring. 

On the sidelines of this year’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), SDSN TReNDS and Partners for Review (P4R) will organize an event in which leading experts will discuss their experiences working with big data partnerships to support national monitoring of the SDGs. This will include a discussion of emerging big data innovations for the SDGs, key challenges and barriers encountered during the partnership process, as well as practical steps for ensuring successful big data partnerships and long-term sustainability. It will also highlight insights and recommendations from the forthcoming working paper authored by SDSN TReNDS’ Senior Advisor, Cameron Allen, related to these issues that will be released the day of the event.
The paper provides guidance for countries in regard to leveraging partnerships to harness big data to support national SDGs monitoring. It synthesizes recent experiences from countries who have used partnerships to harness big data as well as the latest research collaborations that are deriving new, innovative datasets from big data to support SDGs monitoring. Drawing from recent experience, this report puts forth a series of practical steps that NSOs can take to develop their big data maturity and identifies the partners who can help along the journey. 

The paper will be available on July 14th.
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