Aerial view of a palm oil plantation

Measurement, Assessment, and Modelling

Navigating the sustainability transition requires data, models and tools that can tell us how close we are to our goals, where we may be headed, and what our options are.

Good decisions are grounded in trustworthy, robust data—both to totally understand where we are and to project where we will be tomorrow. Data tools and analyses can help people set targets, monitor and report on progress, and consider possible futures.

Effective sustainable development strategies especially require robust monitoring and assessment planning given the complex environmental, economic, and social systems involved. IISD works to develop, enhance, and apply measurement and assessment tools and processes to help people—from grassroots volunteer groups to national governments—navigate the path toward sustainable development.