SDG Impact Assessment Tool

About the SDG Impact Assessment Tool 

The SDG Impact Assessment Tool is a free online learning tool that visualizes the results from a self-assessment of how an activity, organisation or innovation affects the SDGs. It aims to stimulate the user to get a better understanding of the complexity of sustainable development and the different aspects of the SDGs. In the end you will be better equipped to prioritize actions ahead.

Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, calls for sustainable transformation of societies across the globe. It is one of the most ambitious and important global agreements in recent history. The aim is that all UN countries should implement the SDGs and their targets, and in so doing attain a sustainable future for all humankind by 2030. 

SDG Impact Assessments. Although the SDGs should be implemented by nations, they also represent a framework towards which any activity can be evaluated. To work with sustainable development and the implementation of the SDGs can be hard since it entails almost all aspects of human societies. Furthermore, our knowledge of human societies, the environment and the earth systems continuously grow. Any SDG impact assessment is dependent of the knowledge level and ambition of the person performing the assessment. Hence, it is inherently subjective and preliminary, and should be open for revision. Still, when you evaluate how your activity, organisation or innovation impact the SDGs, you learn more about Agenda 2030 and the opportunities and difficulties of implementing the SDGs. 

What does the SDG Impact Assessment Tool do? The SDG Impact Assessment Tool is a learning tool that visualizes the results from a self-assessment of how an activity, organisation or innovation affects the SDGs. It aims to stimulate the user to get a better understanding of the complexity of sustainable development and the different aspects of the SDGs. 

Who is it for? This tool is developed to be used by researchers, teachers, companies, agencies, civil organisations or by anyone who has a project or a solution to assess. The SDGs concern us all.

Who is behind the tool? The SDG Impact Assessment Tool was developed by Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, at Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg, in collaboration with SDSN Northern Europe and Mistra Carbon Exit, and with financial support from Region Västra Götaland through the Maritime Cluster of West Sweden.

Data protection. All data connected to the SDG Impact Assessments are stored encrypted on Microsoft Azure servers. If a user account is deleted, the data becomes anonymized and can no longer be retrieved.

Copyright and disclaimer. All rights to this tool remain with the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development. Content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. The result of an assessment is not a final evaluation of an activity, organisation or innovation. Nor is it a scientific verification or evidence of the SDG impact of an activity, organisation or innovation. As such, the result of an assessment should not be used as a sustainability label of a product or service. Furthermore, the results of different assessments are not directly comparable and should not be used for promotion or as sales arguments for one products or services over another. The provider of the SDG Impact Assessment Tool takes no responsibility for the use of the resulting assessments.

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