This resource explores how citizen-generated data — data individuals or their organizations produce to directly monitor, demand or drive change on issues that affect them — can be leveraged to support the effective tracking of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To do this, it draws upon existing research and a number of case studies to: explain what citizen-generated data is and why it is important; examine how citizen-generated data is already having an impact in practice on SDG-related issues; and outline practical ways to leverage citizen-generated data for SDG monitoring and accountability.


This resource was written by Jack Cornforth, Davis Adieno and Cassia Moraes of CIVICUS, all of whom are members of the DataShift team.    

DataShift builds the capacity and confidence of civil society organizations to produce and use citizen-generated data to monitor sustainable development progress, demand accountability and campaign for transformative change. Our vision is a world where people‑powered accountability drives progress on sustainable development.

DataShift is an initiative of CIVICUS, in partnership with The Engine Room and Wingu. For more information on DataShift or to get involved, please visit, email and subscribe to the DataShift email list.


Contributing Partners

Non-governmental organization
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international alliance of members and partners which constitutes an influential network of organizations at the local, national, regional, and international levels, and spans the spectrum of civil society.
WINGU - Tecnología Sin Fines de Lucro
Non-governmental organization
We love developing projects in partnership with other civil society organizations, that combine technology, open data, and agile methodologies which foster social impact.

This Resource Works to Achieve These SDGs