It was created by the UN’s secretary general “to make concrete recommendations on bringing about a data revolution in sustainable development.” It seeks to identify “the transformative actions needed to respond to the demands of a complex development agenda.” The post-2015 development agenda acknowledges the importance of usable data for “informed decision-making, monitoring of progress, and evaluation of outcomes.”
- Improving data production and use
- Closing data gaps to prevent discrimination
- Building capacity and data literacy in ‘small data’ and big data analytics
- Modernizing systems of data collection
- Liberating data to promote transparency and accountability
- Developing new targets and indicators
- A World That Counts: Mobilising The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development (November 2019, 32p): the report is intended to support 33 post-2015 data revolution initiatives supported by the UN. It highlights two global challenges: invisibility (gaps in what we know from data, and when we find out) and inequality (gaps between those with and/or without information, and what they need to know to make their own decisions).
Note: This group appears to have fed ideas to other groups and may now be out of business.