Mission: To assist countries in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.
Background: Created by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), an initiative of the United Nations and Bertelsmann Stiftung in Germany, the SDG Index tracks the progress of 149 countries toward the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals agreed to by United Nation member states on September 25, 2015. Based on 77 indicators and developed with government officials, business and civil society leaders, and ordinary citizens in mind, the SDG Index and accompanying report aggregate available SDG data into preliminary analytical tools that enable countries to quickly assess how they are performing relative to their peers. While not officially endorsed by any government or the United Nations, the index is a way for individual countries to identify development priorities for early action, understand key implementation challenges, and identify gaps that must be closed in order to achieve the SDGs by 2030. It will be updated annually over the next three years to include new indicators and data as they become available.
Outstanding Web Features: Individual countries are included in the index if they have data for at least 80 percent of the 77 indicators, and each of the seventeen SDGs is given equal weight in the index and dashboards themselves. In the display, individual SDGs are colored green, yellow, or red, indicating whether the country has already achieved the goal (green), is in a “caution lane” (yellow), or, as of 2015, is far from achieving that particular goal (red). To determine the index rank and overall index score of individual countries, visitors to the site can access the reports' Dashboards page which provides a visual composite of the goal components. Visitors also can download the full report, which summarizes the preliminary results, as well as the datasets behind the site. For more information, visitors are directed to an FAQ page that details the thinking and methodology behind the report, provides information about the indicator and data selection process, and offers a preliminary interpretation of the results. Feedback and suggestions for improving the usefulness of the site can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.