November 21st, 2013
United Nations Foundation, New York

As the 2015 target date of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches,  The North-South Institute and Centre for Policy Dialogue, in association with the Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals, are leading an initiative titled, “Post-2015 Data Test: Unpacking the Data Revolution at the Country Level.” The initiative aims to apply a select set of candidate post-2015 goals, targets and indicators to a number of low, middle and high income countries. In doing so, it will assess the adequacy of data available for measuring post-2015 progress at the country level, seeking to inform debates and decisions on the architecture and priorities of the “data revolution”. It will also identify opportunities and challenges that may arise from a universal, country-relevant post-2015 framework.  Furthermore, we hope to enhance the capacity of Southern think-tanks to contribute to the global policy processes shaping the post-2015 agenda, while also ensuring that the global processes are informed by country-level realities.

To inform the design of this initiative, the Centre for Policy Dialogue and The North-South Institute, in association with the Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals and with the support of the United Nations Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation, convened experts from around the world for a methodology and planning workshop on Thursday November 21 2013 in New York City. The workshop discussed the rationale and objectives of the initiative, country selection, criteria for selecting and examining goals, targets and indicators and the implementation and outreach plans of the initiative.