Why is data collection so important for the success of the Global Goals?
May 6, 2016
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Last September the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals were officially introduced. If successful they have the potential to transform the lives and future of every child.

The Global Goals are a 15-year plan aiming towards a better more sustainable world, but a key question remains: how will we measure success?

The Global Goals contain 17 individual goals, within which there are 169 targets. The goals cover a very diverse set of issues, from tackling malnutrition and climate change to ending poverty and promoting sustainable growth.

To measure the Global Goals there are hundreds of global indicators that need to be measured, from the number of children under five who are malnourished to the percentage of children who have experienced sexual violence by the age of 18. 

Agreeing the indicators was no simple task, particularly when considering Global Goals apply universally to all countries, rich and poor.

The Global Goal negotiations were the most open and inclusive to date and global citizens will also play a key role in providing data to help monitor the goals.

New advancements in data technology are making it easier to get feedback in real-time from people at national and local level, providing a critical check on the true impact of the goals on the ground.

U-Report, a global reporting tool, has the potential to involve young people more closely in this global development process. It could give young people the power to feedback on whether they think the goals are being achieved in their country or region, as well as offering a unique youth perspective on global issues.

Find out more about the Global Goals and what they mean for children and young people