About the Data

This dashboard allows you to explore the data of the Post-2015 Data Test. Clicking on countries in the map or a goal area will allow you to see greater detail for a specific country and/or goal area. Data is presented by country and goal area with the bar charts illustrating data availability by country and goal for the 45 indicators that all countries examined under the initiative. Data were considered available if an indicator was already available or could be calculated using existing data. Though research teams identified potential survey instruments with which new data could be collected, data were considered unavailable in all cases where no data, including microdata, currently exist.

With respect to the data quality assessment, research teams applied a standardised quality assessment framework to examine data adequacy for each goal area (available from the methodology guide in the publication section). The assessment criteria were: relevance, accuracy and reliability, timeliness and punctuality, accessibility and clarity, and coherence and comparability. Research teams examined the quality of available data for global targets and indicators under each goal area against the five criteria. Essentially, a basket of survey instruments was examined and an overall score for each goal area was provided. The scores represent the totals for each criterion on a scale from 1 to 5. A score of 5 indicates that data for the goal area meet all criteria sub-components, 3 indicates that the data meet more than half of the criteria sub-components, while 1 means that no data meet the criteria. A 4 denotes a situation where the majority of sub-components are met. A 2 represents instances when less than half of the sub-components are met.

From the data quality assessment framework, you can hover over a particular country or goal area and click through to see details regarding the data source identified by teams. It is also possible to access source details by switching your view from “Dashboard: Summary” to “Dashboard: Detail.”

Finally, it is worth recalling that country studies under the Post-2015 Data Test were not designed to be comparable. Rather, they were designed as case studies meant to shed light on key challenges at the country level with respect to Sustainable Development Goal prioritisation, implementation and monitoring. While the use of the same methodology by all teams facilitates some comparison across studies, it should be recognised that the studies are not strictly comparable.