Spring 2022

Team Members: Peishan Li, Qinyue Hao, Jasmine Hwang, Dan Li, Rina Shin, Connie Xu, Hanyu Zhang, Lizabeth Singh

Challenge: The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are defined in a list of 169 SDG Targets and 231 unique SDG indicators. The 17 SDGs were designed not as separate and isolated goals, but as a network, in which links among the goals exist through targets and indicators that refer to multiple goals. With less than 10 years remain to achieve all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) globally, there is a growing need for integrated implementation and measurement.  In this project, the team was tasked to devise a model/tool that define and measure linkages and networks of SDGs and see how such SDG linkages/networks progress over time.

Data: SDG Indicators; UN High Level Political Forum Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) on the SDGs Database

Solution: This project measured the success and linkages between the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as interactive networks. To do this, the team developed (1) a text-based network model, and (2) a coefficient-based model using the SDG Indicator Database in order to identify connections and interdependencies between goals. Read more on the project result on the Joint SDG Fund Blog, Youth Corner https://www.jointsdgfund.org/article/measuring-integration-and-network-effect-sdgs