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DOI 10.1002/sd.2102
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Title (Primary) Risks of producing and using indicators of sustainable development goals
Author Lyytimäki, J.; Salo, H.; Lepenies, R.; Büttner, L.; Mustajoki, J.
Journal Sustainable Development
Year 2020
Department UPOL
Volume 28
Issue 6
Page From 1528
Page To 1538
Language englisch
Keywords agenda 2030; Finland; indicators; risks; sustainability; sustainable development goals
Abstract The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) aim to provide humanity with a global roadmap to sustainability. Official SDG indicators have been intensively developed, and they have a prominent and pronounced role as a key monitoring and policy instrument. Furthermore, various complementary or alternative indicator sets have been introduced at the global, regional and national levels. This article focuses on the risks related to the national indicators. The analysis is based on experiences from the preparation processes of sustainable development indicators in Finland and insights from indicator professionals and stakeholders in Finland and Germany. The risks related to overuse, nonuse and misuse of indicators are analyzed from the perspectives of indicator contents, processes of production and communication and external context factors. Opportunities for avoiding different risks and improving the desired societal impacts and influences of indicator usage are discussed. The concept of risk is helpful in terms of empirical diagnosis and for formulating mitigation recommendations.
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Lyytimäki, J., Salo, H., Lepenies, R., Büttner, L., Mustajoki, J. (2020):
Risks of producing and using indicators of sustainable development goals
Sustain. Dev. 28 (6), 1528 - 1538