The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to address major global challenges and create a sustainable future for all.

The SDGs have 17 categories, each with its own sub-categories. To measure progress towards the SDGs, the UN has identified 241 indicators that can be used to track progress and assess the impact of various initiatives and projects.

  • Understanding the 17 SDGs: Each SDG has its own unique objective and a set of targets to achieve that objective. It is important to understand the overall objectives of each SDG and the related targets to be able to assess the impact of a project towards those goals.

  • Identifying the indicators: The UN has developed 241 indicators to measure progress towards the 17 SDGs. The indicators cover a wide range of topics and are designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of a project.

  • Data collection: Data is collected through various sources such as government reports, surveys, and other research studies. It is important to ensure that the data collected is accurate, relevant, and up-to-date to ensure that the indicators provide an accurate picture of the impact of a project.

  • Impact measurement: Each indicator is designed to measure a specific aspect of the SDGs and assess the impact of a project in achieving the SDGs. The impact measurement is based on 5 categories: Direct Positive, Indirect Positive, No Impact, Indirect Negative, Direct Negative. Each category is assigned a score of 1 and the final impact score is determined by the total count of each impact intensity.

  • DA Impact Score: The DA Impact Score is calculated based on the total impact score for each of the 5 impact intensity categories. It provides an overall score for the impact of a project towards the SDGs.

  • Monitoring and Evaluation: The UN 241 indicators are used to monitor and evaluate progress towards the SDGs. The data collected through the indicators can be used to identify areas of improvement, assess the impact of initiatives, and track progress towards achieving the SDGs.

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