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The data challenges of UN's Sustainable Development Goals

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Thursday 11 October 2018, 05:30pm - 06:30pm

Location Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, G2 3AX


  • Kim Bradford Smith, Senior Statistics and Evidence Lead, Inclusive Societies Department at Department for International Development
  • Dr Hannah Worthington, Lecturer, Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modelling, University of St Andrews

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were designed to finish the job that the MDGs began, with a particular focus on Leave No One Behind. Alongside the policy step change, the data needs of the SDGs are also a significant step change - moving from 8 to 17 goals and increasing the number of indicators to be measured from 60 to over 230. Three years into the 15 of the SDGs some of these indicators (tier 3) still remain undefined, and even for those indicators with clear methodology and tools to collect them are a challenge in developing countries. Leaving No One Behind adds a layer of complexity to these by requiring disaggregation of the data in several dimensions.

Kim Bradford Smith will talk about the challenges of disaggregation and what the UK Department for International Development are doing to help improve disaggregation and create a real focus on the most vulnerable across the globe - such as those with disabilities.

Hannah Worthington will talk about using cohort effects in population models for grey seals to -identify reasons for apparent delay in first-time breeding. Hannah will also discuss the difficulties in estimating the total population size of injecting drug users, along with one possible solution.

Organiser Name Kate Pyper

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