Making Use of Citizen-Generated Data


This resource explores how citizen-generated data — data individuals or their organizations produce to directly monitor, demand or drive change on issues that affect them — can be leveraged to support the effective tracking of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To do this, it draws upon existing research and a number of case studies to: explain what citizen-generated data is and why it is important; examine how citizen-generated data is already having an impact in practice on SDG-related issues; and outline practical ways to leverage citizen-generated data for SDG monitoring and accountability.  

Background

This resource was written by Jack Cornforth, Davis Adieno and Cassia Moraes of CIVICUS, all of whom are members of the DataShift team.    

DataShift builds the capacity and confidence of civil society organizations to produce and use citizen-generated data to monitor sustainable development progress, demand accountability and campaign for transformative change. Our vision is a world where people‑powered accountability drives progress on sustainable development.

DataShift is an initiative of CIVICUS, in partnership with The Engine Room and Wingu. For more information on DataShift or to get involved, please visit www.thedatashift.org, email datashift@civicus.org and subscribe to the DataShift email list.