I’m confused by this. The DAC has already decided to report on SDG targets as tags, so clearly this option is feasible. Given the number of active IATI publishers who also report to the DAC, not having this option in the IATI standard would create important discrepancies in the data. Also, the fact that so few publishers currently report on SDG goals and targets as sectors (according to Matt below) shows that THIS option is clearly the least feasible.
We already have SDGs in more than one place in the standard (as Bill reminded us above). Nobody seemed to mind until now.
That being said, if we feel strongly about not having the same vocabulary in more than one place (which should have been flagged when they were duplicated), we could note for the next integer upgrade that:
- SDG goals and targets should be removed from sectors (very few publishers use them at the moment) and reserved for the tag element
- SDG should be removed from sectors and reserved for the Result element, since SDG indicators are about outcomes more than inputs.
Bottom line: now that the DAC has made a decision, donors and multilaterals reporting to the DAC will start coding their activities with SDG targets. This will be available in DAC statistics. It is up to the IATI community to decide whether they want them in IATI data as well - thus making IATI relevant to SDG monitoring - or not. I strongly recommend that we do.