The Data4SDGs Toolbox is a global public good consisting of modules developed by a range of members of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data from around the world. In the context of the data revolution for sustainable development, the Toolbox modules provide information on tools, methods, and good practices to harness a range of real-time, dynamic, disaggregated data for action—government decision-making, citizen empowerment, innovation and entrepreneurship in the private sector—as well as statistics for planning and monitoring.
The Toolbox further includes modules on the institutional, policy, regulatory, and capacity-building aspects necessary for advancing robust whole-of-government and multi-stakeholder data roadmaps. The modules in the Toolbox can be adopted and adapted in different combinations and sequences to be aligned with contextual needs and priorities, in the understanding that the development of data roadmaps is not always a linear process. The Toolbox modules are dynamic and will continue to be improved and expanded based on experience, learning, and new innovations.
This guideline document is a contribution from the Global Partnership based on international experience in advancing data roadmap processes, including contributions and discussions from the many Partners involved in the Global Partnership. Activities and lessons learned from Partner countries and organizations have informed and shaped this module. It is expected that, as data roadmaps for sustainable development processes continue and scale, this module will be updated regularly.



This module provides an overarching framework and set of guidelines for developing data roadmaps for sustainable development. It articulates the overall goals and purposes of the Data4SDGs Toolbox and links other modules to the roadmap process. This is not meant to be prescriptive: each country is at various stages of implementation against the SDGs and has to consider its own local priorities and context. Therefore, this module provides a set of recommendations for components of a data roadmap that implementing stakeholders can consider. 


The Global Partnership has been holding a series of whole of government and multi-stakeholder national workshops to better understand the key issues, challenges and opportunities countries and stakeholders are facing in regards to data roadmaps for sustainable development. Country case examples and supporting resources are provided:


The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data was launched in September 2015 at the United Nations General Assembly to unite data champions, both traditional and new, around a common vision—to put data at the heart of sustainable development.


The Data Roadmaps for Sustainable Development Guidelines module is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CCBY3.0) license.


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