Research Report Hacking the Sustainable Development Goals
Can US Cities Measure Up?
Solomon Greene, Brady Meixell
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The UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to address the world’s most pressing challenges—from poverty to climate change—by aligning priorities and developing shared metrics to measure progress. While the SDG framework is designed for nations, all levels of government will need data to track performance and target resources effectively. We show that the majority of SDG targets are relevant to US cities and data are generally available to track progress locally, although gaps exist. We provide recommendations to help fill these gaps and create the conditions for better use of data to drive local progress on the SDGs.

SDG Data Inventory for US Cities

Research Areas Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center