One of the cornerstones of SDSN’s research and policy work is data and monitoring. Sound metrics and data are critical for turning the SDGs into practical tools for problem solving. Since SDSN’s first SDG Index Report in 2015, we have expanded these data monitoring tools to the national, regional, and local levels. This past month, SDSN released the Sustainable Development Index for Brazilian Cities and in the upcoming month, SDSN USA will release their newest index, In The Red: The US Failure to Deliver on a Promise of Racial Equality. We also saw the launch of the 2021 World Happiness Report this past March, our flagship report with the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia which aims to measure national happiness. The Happiness Report this year focused on the effects of COVID-19 and how people all over the world have fared.
In an effort to continue improving our data sources, we invite you to participate in an open public consultation to provide feedback on the data used for the upcoming 2021 Sustainable Development Report, which will be published in June. We are particularly interested to hear your comments on the data sources used, the preliminary dashboards, the thresholds used to denote goal achievement, and the proposed analysis of trend data. If you are interested in exploring more on data and sustainable development, be sure to check out our SDG Indices, SDSN TReNDS, and SDGs Today.