Measurement and Assessment
Navigating the sustainability transition requires instruments that can tell us where we are with regard to our goals, where we may be headed, and what our options are.
Instruments can help us set our goals and targets, others can be used to monitor and report on progress, and some are useful in exploring alternative futures. Effective sustainable development strategies and adaptive management require robust monitoring and assessment planning. IISD works to develop, enhance and apply measurement and assessment tools and processes for navigating the path to sustainable development.
Citizen Science Fills Critical Gap in Monitoring Freshwater Resources
Most of us lack baseline data about our ecosystems, which makes it difficult to recognize changes and detect early warning signs. Enter citizen science.Read More
Forget GDP – for the 21st Century We Need a Modern Growth Measure
Our radar to track progress is far from satisfactory.Read More
Comprehensive Wealth in Canada 2018 – Measuring What Matters in the Long Term
Comprehensive wealth measures the country’s produced, natural, human, financial and social capital.Read More
High-tech data needed to stop sewage overflows
Financial sector technology could help as cities struggle with waste.Read More
Best City Lists Keep Data—and People—in the Dark
The best city list ranks 140 cities globally, but factors of methodology and cost for data are limiting factors in realizing the full benefit of such an index.Read More
Our City: A Peg Report on Sustainability
Winnipeg is changing. Winnipeg has always been changing. The fourth edition of Our City, A Peg Report looks at Winnipeg through the lens of the three pillars of sustainability and integrates the Sustainable Development Goals.Read More
IISD Speech: President and CEO Scott Vaughan at Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Fun, Profit and Saving the Earth event
IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan spoke to nearly 400 business leaders about how transitioning to a green economy can help Winnipeg weather climate change.Read More
Measuring Winnipeggers' Convenient Access to Public Transit
IISD has developed a method to track convenient access to public bus transit in Winnipeg, in Canada and globally.Read More
What Is the Link Between Hunger and Migration?
In the context of the current refugee crisis—and the rhetoric surrounding international migration—we investigated how international migration is affected by economic growth, hunger and increased agricultural productivity.Read More
Indicator Preferences in National Reporting of Progress Toward the Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are intended to offer an ambitious and transformational agenda for our common future through 2030. In this brief, we review countries’ voluntary reviews to the HLPF to identify the indicators that countries have actually been using in their reports to date, and data attached to those indicators.Read More