Metropolitan SDG Observatory (METRODS)

METRODS is a network of organizations from civil society, the public and private sectors, and academia, with the overall objective to identify, disseminate and monitor data related to SDG 11 in metropolitan areas of Brazil, using a framework of 50 indicators based on up to date localized data, instead of official governmental numbers.

Stage of the project

Idea

Starting Up

Implementation

Realised

The results of the project so far

The results of the data collection process, considering 22 of the 34 cities, provided a basic profile of RMBH’s status in regard to SDG 11 and its goals, informing the creation of related, local-level indicators. The vast majority represent the existence of structures and instruments identified as adhering to the goals, but their effectiveness and quality cannot be evaluated through these indicators. However, other questions gave clues about these qualities, which was considered in the analysis.

What are specific, distinctive, strong elements in this project?

1. Theory versus practice: general methodologies need to be customized for local reality.
2. Politics are always “on” - without careful planning, local authorities can misperceive the work as a political initiative.
3. The use of secondary official local data saves time and resources.
4. Capacity-building activities are essential when collecting data in small and peripheral metropolitan cities.
5. Universities are helpful to the implementation of Agenda 2030.

Which specific lessons, do's and don'ts would you like to share? What would be suggestions for others when preparing or implementing the project in their own city?

METRODS is not only concerned with the development of a data system to monitor SDG goals in Brazil. It is focused on converting data into action, through the creation of a data network that will support participatory decision-making processes to deliver better results in the achievement of SDG goals, according to the metropolitan plans. The network will also help in the Brazilian monitoring process of the Agenda 2030 by civil society, empowering and qualifying its representatives.

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