The Dashboard of Sustainability is a free, non-commercial software package that illustrates the complex relationships among economic, social and environmental issues. The visual format is suitable for decision-makers and others interested in sustainable development. The new edition promotes the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) indicators—especially for developing countries. These indicators help define Poverty Reduction Strategies and monitor the achievement of the MDGs. Download the Dashboard.

On the right, there is a typical Dashboard view-a map of Africa, using a colour code ranging from deep red ("critical situation") to deep green ("excellent"). Some statistics illustrated by the Dashboard:

  • Lesotho is the top scoring country under "Ratio of literate females to males"; Niger scores the lowest.

  • Kenya scores 720 points-eighth among 44 countries-which is considered "good." (Rwanda: 693 points, "good").

  • The points are calculated as follows:

    1000*(x-worst)/(best-worst).

    Example: Best=119 (Lesotho), worst=44 (Niger); with 96 % ages 15-24, Rwanda receives 693 points: P=1000*(96-44)/(119-44).

Download
  • Download the Dashboard of Sustainability.
  • Download and read the Manual.
  • Use the toolbar in the upper left-hand corner to view other Dashboard functions.
  • Click on the small grey buttons above the dials to display different indicators and their aggregates.
  • Click on the question mark on the right for help.

Key Features

  • Performance evaluation with individual indicators and aggregate indices.
  • Country comparison with distribution curves and maps.
  • Comparison within country groups.
  • Linkage analysis and scatterplots.
  • Multi-lingual functions.
  • Internet connectivity.
  • Extended help function.

Background

  • The Dashboard of Sustainability is an online tool designed to be understood by experts, the media, policy-makers and the general public.

  • Using the metaphor of a vehicle's instrument panel, it displays country-specific assessments of economic, environmental, social and institutional performance toward (or away from) sustainability.

  • The Dashboard of Sustainability has garnered international attention and displays the United Nations' core set of sustainability indicators. As a contribution to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, IISD expanded the Dashboard to provide users with the functionality to compare 10 years of environmental, social and economic data. The Dashboard also displays the Millennium Development Goals indicator set.

  • It is developed by the Consultative Group on Sustainable Development Indicators, an international team of measurement experts, coordinated by IISD. The Dashboard project is part of the sustainability indicator initiative of the Bellagio Forum for Sustainable Development, one of the main funders of the work.