Country process for SDG 6 monitoring (pilot)

Overall focal point for SDG 6 monitoring

All countries identified an SDG 6 focal point, sometimes before the inception workshop, and in some cases it was after, who was the overall process coordinator and point of communication with the global initiative. The ministry from which this focal point came was different from country to country.

Intersectoral monitoring team

In each country, an intersectoral monitoring team was also created, made up of the SDG 6 focal point and the leads of the technical teams. Its purpose was to work with monitoring and data across indicators and sectors, to facilitate learning, streamline data collection and management, and support joint analysis and use for policy- and decision-making.  

Indicator-specific technical teams

Technical teams were formed for each indicator, or sometimes by SDG 6 target covering multiple indicators, gathering all relevant stakeholders. For each team, one or more lead institutions were appointed, and were given the ultimate responsibility for implementing the monitoring, coordinating the efforts of other stakeholders, and regularly providing updates to the SDG 6 focal point.

National inception workshop

In each of the pilot countries, the monitoring process started with a national inception workshop which was attended by participants from across many different sectors and government departments, with different interests and areas of expertise, and different (and sometimes contradictory) datasets. These workshops always made a point of including the national statistics office, which is typically the ultimate authority for final approval of official statistics.

Technical workshops

The technical teams held technical workshops to review the methodologies, to assess where existing datasets existed, and in what form, and to plan processes for consolidating data. In some cases it was agreed to collect new data. The teams also discussed additional indicators needed to track progress towards SDG 6 at the national level. They then proceeded to implement the plans, collecting, validating, and then analysing data. Where necessary, they approached the custodian agencies for additional technical support, sometimes in the form of virtual advice, and sometimes more directly through expert missions.

Closing workshop

At the end of the process, several countries held national closing workshops, which convened many of the same people as the inception workshop, discussing results and lessons learned, and planning for subsequent data collection cycles.

Member States will need to decide on a suitable structure for SDG 6 monitoring at the national level. This page outlines how the pilot countries organized themselves as they embarked on SDG 6 monitoring in 2016.

Learn more about the results from the pilot testing here.

Working together. Photo credit: Jonathan Brennan, Creative Commons Attribution

Working together. Photo credit: Jonathan Brennan, Creative Commons Attribution