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National SDG Review: Data Challenges and Opportunities



SDG Monitoring and Alignment


Guidelines and Diagnostics


New data sources arose from the expansion of digital technologies, and the growing number of people connected to information systems and networks is transforming the data landscape. A data ecosystem is emerging. New data sources such as big data, open data and citizen-generated data produced by the private sector, civil-society organizations and academia are responding to today’s information needs.


A data ecosystem can be defined as a group of multiple data communities that interact with one another by sharing data, knowledge about improving data processes and data use, and other data-related activities along the data value chain. Members of these data communities can be stakeholders from official statistical agencies, line ministries, central banks, civil-society organizations, academia and the private sector.


Managing such an expanded data ecosystem requires a full set of skills and capacities that go far beyond technical data production skills – rather, it requires a new mindset for cooperation and coordination and the respective capacities. In response to these needs, a national SDG review guide has been developed, which proposes a roadmap that can help national statistical systems develop and/ or strengthen the capacities of traditional and new actors in the data ecosystem to improve the follow-up and review process for the 2030 Agenda at the national level.