Counting critically: SDG ‘follow-up and review’ needs interlinked indicators, monitoring and evaluation

IIED Briefing
, 4 pages
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Published: July 2016
IIED Briefing Papers
Product code:17363IIED

Global indicators are important for understanding progress towards each of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, they can mask sub-national and thematic variations. They cannot explain how or why change occurred or its significance to different stakeholders. Evaluation helps to define and assess the worth, merit and significance of national policies in different contexts.

This briefing introduces key considerations for the use of indicators, monitoring and evaluation of SDGs implementation, review and follow-up at the national level. It promotes the importance of context-sensitivity, broad stakeholder involvement and adaptive management approaches in efforts to achieve development results.

It is the second in a collection of briefings discussing the role of evaluation in achieving the SDGs.