SDSN TReNDS

Hosted by:
  • SDSN Secretariat
    New York, NY

SDSN’s Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS) mobilizes technical and policy-oriented solutions to advance the data revolution for sustainable development. Its network of experts hail from across the global scientific, development, public, and private sector data communities. TReNDS works to strengthen the data ecosystem by advancing the use of more frequent, high-quality data to guide and spur progress and to ensure that the data revolution is grounded in strong expertise and evidence. Specifically, TReNDS aims to:

  • Develop timely, multi-sectoral, policy-relevant research to strengthen local, national, and global statistical systems, focused on themes such as governance, new technologies, SDG monitoring, financing, and data collaboration, thereby helping to ensure countries’ data collection and production strategies capitalize on emerging good practice and partnerships.
  • Test new approaches to data management, sharing, and use through pilot projects and partnerships in countries worldwide, documenting both process and progress, to curate applied, cutting-edge approaches that are highly replicable, as well as to encourage a more open dialogue on data-related innovations, collaborations, and their sustainability.
  • Continue to serve as a leading data-oriented think-tank and advisory group, working to facilitate connections between local and global data scientists and innovators, to support countries, projects, and programs with technical expertise, and to produce resources which help to empower and capacitate both local academics and governments representatives on how to navigate and harness new data sources and technologies for social good.

Looking ahead

In 2020-21, TReNDS will delve deeper into the recommendations outlined in its flagship report, Counting on the World to Act, focusing on three key areas: (1) Building the Right Institutional Framework; (2) Innovations for Timely SDG Monitoring; and (3) Data Sharing and Collaboration. This includes examining countries’ governance arrangements to ascertain how ministries, agencies, and elected bodies can be reformed to better produce and use data to guide decision-making; identifying new technologies and methods to generate more timely data on sustainable development; and evaluating the legal and policy conditions required for safe and effective data use.