Integrated Monitoring Guide for SDG 6 (including methodologies)

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Purpose and use

The Integrated Monitoring Guide aids national governments to monitor their progress made towards the new Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation (SDG 6). The Guide proposes methodologies for monitoring each of the 11 global indicators under SDG 6, as defined by the country-led Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDG). The Guide further outlines the rationale for monitoring these indicators and how the data collected can be used, as well as how SDG 6 monitoring can be successfully implemented at the country-level.

The Guide seeks to embrace and build on existing monitoring efforts at the country level, allowing countries to undertake monitoring efforts at a level in line with their national capacity and available resources, and from there to advance progressively. The methodologies also seek to promote harmonization and the use of similar standards and definitions, to facilitate the sharing and comparison of data both within and across countries and over time.

The Guide should not be seen as a prescriptive set of rules to be adhered to, but rather as promoting an integrated approach for monitoring SDG 6. The Guide is expected to be continuously revised during the SDG period, to capture methodological and technological developments, as well as institutional best-practices, that can improve monitoring effectiveness and efficiency.

The Integrated Monitoring Guide seeks to support countries in monitoring SDG 6, building on what already exist in the country and from there advance progressively (Photo credit: UNICEF Ethiopia)

The Integrated Monitoring Guide seeks to support countries in monitoring SDG 6, building on what already exist in the country and from there advance progressively (Photo credit: UNICEF Ethiopia)

Development

The contents of this Guide have been developed by technical staff in the United Nations agencies that are formally mandated to compile country data for the purpose of global reporting on SDG 6.

The work started in 2014, and closely following and contributing to the IAEG-SDG process, and through stakeholder consultations, draft methodologies were ready in the beginning of 2016. Throughout 2016, the draft methodologies were pilot tested at scale in five countries, looking both at their technical feasibility and at the institutional setup for implementing them. The methodologies were also subject to an open expert review, with input received from a wide variety of stakeholders, including from national institutions, academia and business associations.

Based on lessons learned and feedback from the pilot testing and the external review, the methodologies as well as the other components of this Guide were revised and expanded.

Table of content

G1. Good practices for country monitoring systems

Good practices on processes and principles for implementing SDG 6 monitoring at the country level, including success factors, institutional arrangements, stakeholder involvement and resources needs

G2. SDG 6 targets and global indicators

Presentation of SDG 6 and its targets, highlighting interlinkages within SDG 6 as well as with other SDGs; broad overview of SDG 6 global indicators, their rationale, and proposed methodologies for monitoring them

G3. Step-by-step methodologies

Step-by-step guidance for recommended methodologies for how to monitor the SDG 6 global indicators, including advice on data collection and management

G4. Joint glossary for SDG 6 monitoring (not yet drafted)

Definition of all terms/concepts relevant to SDG 6 monitoring and how they relate to each other