Statistics and indicators for the post-2015 development agenda

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The final report of the working group on monitoring and indicators assesses options for statistics and indicators in a post 2015 setting. It provides an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the MDG indicators and outlines data innovations in new critical areas such as inequalities, governance, sustainability and population.

The report stresses that subjective indicators of well-being can cover the limits of the objective data on development in the domains of political processes, corruption, equitable social services and health and work satisfaction. Furthermore, there’s growing interest in surveys of population attitudes, expectations and satisfaction in developing countries; interest that can be developed more with the strengthening of statistical capacity in those states.
The report also considers national capacities for statistics and makes some key recommendations on how to further foster these when developing a monitoring framework for the post-2015 agenda.

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UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda

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Statistics and indicators for the post-2015 development agenda, July 2013.