How can research project impact be meaningfully related to the SDGs and their indicators?
Frequently, a project’s contribution to the SDGs is summarised as a tick-box exercise. This means that much of the project team’s contextual knowledge and assumptions about causal links remain implicit. This in turn risks reducing the ability to maximise the potential for a robust case for support and could also lead to much impact being lost in the translation between the global goals, expected project outcomes and contextual determinants of development impact.
Six Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
Jeffrey D. Sachs1, Guido Schmidt-Traub, Mariana Mazzucato, Dirk Messner, Nebojsa Nakicenovic and Johan Rockström
Nature Sustainability, September 2019 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0352-9
This is a widely cited article that presents a way of approaching the complexity of the SDGs by breaking them down in to six transformations that it describes as the modular building blocks for sustainability. The changes to social, economic and political activity, it suggests, will transform the use of resources, contributing towards the SDGs. There is a really useful section on implementation, and we were pleased to see a focus on stakeholder engagement and co-design.