Measurement and Assessment
Navigating the sustainability transition requires instruments that can tell us where we are with regard to our goals, where we may be headed, and what our options are.
Instruments can help us set our goals and targets, others can be used to monitor and report on progress, and some are useful in exploring alternative futures. Effective sustainable development strategies and adaptive management require robust monitoring and assessment planning. IISD works to develop, enhance and apply measurement and assessment tools and processes for navigating the path to sustainable development.
Cost of Pollution: Smog
Did you know that smog cost Canada $36 billion in 2015?Read More
Costs of Pollution in Canada: Measuring the impacts on families, businesses and governments
Pollution costs Canadian families, businesses and governments a startling amount every year. These costs add up to tens of billions of dollars at least. These are our findings from a new report on the cost of pollution in Canada.Read More
Our City: A Peg Report on the Natural and Built Environment
This report takes an in-depth look at the relationship between Winnipeggers and the natural and built environments in their city.Read More
Comprehensive Wealth in Canada—Measuring what matters in the long run
This report seeks to introduce the concept of comprehensive wealth to Canadians and outline why it should be considered an essential complement to the other measures such as gross domestic product.Read More
Three Ways Canada Can Make Progress With the Sustainable Development Goals
How can Canada implement the SDGs successfully? We present three steps that will allow Canada to show it is taking the 2030 Agenda seriously.Read More
Aligning Sustainability Reporting Between the Public and Private Sectors
"Here’s the good news: sustainability reporting is now widespread in both the public and private sectors...."Read More
Why We Are Excited About Canada's 2016 Census
Charles Thrift explains why our Knowledge program shares Canadians' enthusiasm for the 2016 Census.Read More
Bottom-up Accountability for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Are subnational indicator systems aligned?
This briefing note evaluates, as a test case, alignment between subnational sustainable development indicators and the new Sustainable Development Goal indicators.Read More
Watershed Indicators: The challenge of consistency
In 2014–2015, with support from Environment Canada, the Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network (CSIN) explored the question of watershed indicator consistency and coherency across Canada and between Canada and the United States.Read More
Are We There Yet? Five criteria for successfully measuring progress on the SDGs
To measure progress, we need a starting point. Where are we with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?Read More