The report analyses how SDG 16 can be measured by the existing stock of data as it exists in 2016, while outlining the levels of required disaggregation, availability and reliability.

The audit includes data from both government and third party organisations. Having a clear understanding of the state of available data and its origins, is integral to understand the next steps in building a comprehensive measurement platform for Goal 16. It also enables a clearer understanding of NSOs requirements.

Key findings

  1. SDG 16 can currently be measured with enough accuracy to determine progress, although with many limitations relating to data availability, reliability, timeliness and objectivity.
  2. 15 of the 23 indicators in SDG 16 can be measured by currently existing sources. The remaining eight indicators can be measured by proxy indicators.
  3. Numerous National Statistical Offices (NSOs) will need significant time and investment to develop the necessary statistical capacity to measure Goal 16. This highlights the need for third party initiatives to fill the data gaps and act as a source of independent verification while NSOs build their capabilities.
  4. The targets in SDG 16 are relevant to many of theĀ Positive Peace factors empirically identified by the Institute for Economics and Peace.