Measurement, Assessment, and Modelling
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.
Tracking Progress sites
Customizable data dashboards share key indicators of community well-being as charts, maps and graphs, allowing communities to easily track and visualize progress.
Explore the data dashboard IISD built with United Way Winnipeg for our home office city.
The Comprehensive Wealth project encourages governments and citizens to move “beyond GDP” as the fundamental measure of societal progress.
Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) combines robust science, systems thinking and financial valuation to help policy-makers and investors make informed decisions on financing sustainable infrastructure.
Lead, Monitoring and Governance, Tracking Progress
Policy Advisor – Data and Technology
Lead, SDG Indicators and Data, Tracking Progress
Senior Director, Tracking Progress
Policy Advisor, Tracking Progress
Project Officer, Tracking Progress
Measuring Nature for Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery
In the face of multiple health and environmental crises, the inefficiencies of GDP as the main measure of economic health and government policy are strikingly apparent.
Supporting Marine Fishing Sustainably: A review of central and provincial government support for marine fisheries in Indonesia
The report provides an inventory of support measures to marine fisheries in Indonesia and identifies programs to be assessed to minimize the risk of overcapacity and overfishing.
How to Protect Africa's Great Lakes
This episode introduces you to the African Great Lakes and explains why they matter to so many people.
Measuring the Wealth of Nations: A review
This paper provides a brief overview of recent efforts by international agencies and academic institutions to develop and apply comprehensive wealth measurement tools. Our review is limited to examples of comprehensive wealth measurement as applied to several countries, so it does not include work on specific capital estimates, applications to a small number of countries, or theoretical research/framework development.
Leaving No Canadian Behind
For Canada to fulfill its commitment to the SDGs, it must increase inclusive monitoring of marginalized people while giving them data ownership.
New Research at IISD Experimental Lakes Area This Summer
IISD Experimental Lakes Area is carefully and safely opening its doors to new research and a slightly larger research team this summer.
Assessing and Managing Fishing Capacity in the Context of World Trade Organization Disciplines on Fisheries Subsidies
This brief provides general background on defining and measuring fishing capacity in the context of WTO disciplines on fisheries subsidies
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