Measurement and Assessment
Navigating the sustainability transition requires good instruments that orient us and tell us where we are, where we may be headed and what our options are.
There are instruments that can help set goals and targets; others can be used to monitor and report on progress, and some are useful in exploring alternative futures. All of them are essential for effective sustainable development strategies and adaptive management, and inform political discourse about economic, social and environmental goals. IISD has been working to develop, enhance and apply measurement and assessment tools and processes for navigating the path to sustainable development since 1995.
Comprehensive Wealth in Canada—Measuring what matters in the long run
This report seeks to introduce the concept of comprehensive wealth to Canadians and outline why it should be considered an essential complement to the other measures such as gross domestic product.Read More
Three Ways Canada Can Make Progress With the Sustainable Development Goals
How can Canada implement the SDGs successfully? We present three steps that will allow Canada to show it is taking the 2030 Agenda seriously.Read More
Aligning Sustainability Reporting Between the Public and Private Sectors
"Here’s the good news: sustainability reporting is now widespread in both the public and private sectors...."Read More
Why We Are Excited About Canada's 2016 Census
Charles Thrift explains why our Knowledge program shares Canadians' enthusiasm for the 2016 Census.Read More
Bottom-up Accountability for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Are subnational indicator systems aligned?
This briefing note evaluates, as a test case, alignment between subnational sustainable development indicators and the new Sustainable Development Goal indicators.Read More
Watershed Indicators: The challenge of consistency
In 2014–2015, with support from Environment Canada, the Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network (CSIN) explored the question of watershed indicator consistency and coherency across Canada and between Canada and the United States.Read More
Are We There Yet? Five criteria for successfully measuring progress on the SDGs
To measure progress, we need a starting point. Where are we with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?Read More
Our City: A Peg Report on Health Equity
This report shines a light on the gap between the groups in Winnipeg experiencing the highest and lowest health status, and why that gap exists.Read More
Why Private Sector Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals is Important
Goals and targets to advance corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability have been widely embraced by the private sector.Read More
Inclusivity and Integration: The new Sustainable Development Goals and a second chance for Bretton Woods
The Sustainable Development Goals have been dubbed “the Bretton Woods moment for our generation.” This paper explores some of the ideas and actors that shaped the earlier vision of the first Bretton Woods system, which laid the economic foundation and institutions of the post-Second World War period.Read More