Myself and my colleagues at the Independent Research Institute of Mongolia conducted an assessment on SDG readiness and data availability in Mongolia, funded by UNDP. We tried to provide recommendations on how data gaps can be filled out by the government, NGOs and donors.
This report is interesting as it gives an overall picture of the case of Mongolia - in terms of evaluation and sex-disaggregate data. We found that mostly qualitative data was missing and data collection mechanism was not in place to report on SDG progress.
The objectives of the assessment were threefold:
As a result, the availability and gaps of sex-disaggregated baseline data under 87 indicators of 39 targets within 7 SDGs were identified in Chapter 2. The chapter discusses in detail the data availability, data gaps and assessment of quality of data related to the selected SDG indicators using six criteria – Timeliness; Comparability; Adequacy of resources; Technology; Accessibility and Usability of Data. The chapter includes specific recommendations on filling the data gaps and determining the indicators. It was found that there were discrepancies between the global definitions and key terms used within the indicators against Mongolian ones. Furthermore, study shows that data availability of the SDGs varied depending on the goals but in general more disaggregation was needed for most indicators. The largest gap existed in the analysis and use of data.
Chapter 3 of the report employs MAPS approach in assessing the existing government monitoring and accountability mechanisms. It suggests that the enabling environment for reporting, data collection and management and gender sensitive policies relating to SDGs are partly in place in Mongolia. Nonetheless the ongoing government re-structuring, change of policy directions and instability in terms of fiscal and human resources present more challenges for reporting SDGs, follow-up and data management. Also, a lack of law enforcement presents challenges in effective accountability mechanisms. The chapter also provides recommendations to improve national monitoring and accountability mechanisms; alignment and mainstreaming of SDGs into national development plans; and partnership and engagement of non-government stakeholders.
It should be noted that this report is complemented by a separate Excel Matrix which contains more technical and detailed statistical and in-depth analysis of the indicators. The Excel Matrix is intended for those who will determine and use the indicators as well as those who will produce data necessary to report on those indicators. Also this assessment can be used as a model framework to assess the indicators related to the remaining SDGs.
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