During discussions on SDG’s and IATI there often seems to be confusion on what level (goal / target / indicator) everyone is talking about. I’m also not sure who’s talking about what level in this topic.
When first looking at the SDG’s it confused me to find all 3 levels in the sector vocabularies. As I know little on result frameworks I’m not sure what the use cases for each of them are, but to me they seem different per level. It would be good if we could first find consensus on what use cases we’re trying to support here before we make any changes.
Here’s what I think the use cases are and how the SDG’s currently could be used in v2.02;
Where in 2.03 we all agree that the SDG indicators should be added to the IndicatorVocabulary codelist and there’s different opinions on the need for changes to report the SDG goals and targets.
An interesting background to this is that Sida did a pilot on implementing SDG targets in policy-markers and sectors, which was presented in this TAG session (pdf, presentation). Sida’s country office preferred sectors with percentages over policy markers with significance levels since it gave them a precise picture.
On the other side @renatekersten and I have been involved in a pilot at the Dutch Enterprise Agency that had opposite conclusions. They were aiming to use the SDG targets more as a ‘tagging’ interface through policy markers. When using sectors they found it hard to split SDG targets into percentages since those percentages are bound to financial commitment.
Suggestions I’ve heard for SDG goal / target changes:
Adding an aggregation-status attribute to sectors
- Adding SDG goals / targets to the policy marker vocabulary
- Leave as is, when you want to use policy markers for SDG targets, use your reporting org vocabulary
I don’t have enough domain knowledge to know which solution best supports the use cases but I hope this contribution clears some confusion and brings the discussion forward.