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
Lead, SDG Indicators and Data, Tracking Progress
Senior Director, Tracking Progress
Policy Advisor, Tracking Progress
Project Officer, Tracking Progress
How visual data is propelling a new wave of climate tech
Until recently, there was no visceral sense that the largest challenge we face is fixing the planet. Responding to environmental problems was for too long viewed by big companies as a marketing strategy to target consumers who were more environmentally conscious than others. Today, the tides are, literally, changing, and sustainability is now mission critical for businesses as new wisdom has emerged that illustrates how being 'green' is a catalyst for innovation and market opportunity.
Progressing National SDGs Implementation
A review of the 42 voluntary national reviews countries submitted to the UN in 2021 to track SDG progress shows both positive and concerning trends.
Engaging Decision-Makers in Moving Beyond GDP and Toward Wealth
This brief outlines how decision-makers can be brought into the discussion around comprehensive/inclusive wealth (C/IW). The goal of this discussion is to encourage countries to move beyond GDP and begin using C/IW as a means of assessing national progress.
Report highlights inequities in Winnipeg neighbourhoods
A new 98-page report highlights some of the inequities well-known by Winnipeggers when it comes to the suburban-downtown divide. A Voluntary Local Review of Winnipeg was published recently and submitted to the United Nations by United Way Winnipeg and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. The report is one of the first of its kind In Canada — Kelowna, B.C., was the first in the country to submit the report — and shares Winnipeg’s progress towards localizing sustainable development goals or "SDGs."
A Business Case for Investment in Canadian Community-Based Water Monitoring
The time to coordinate and fund Canada's vibrant culture of Community-based Water Monitoring is NOW.
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.
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