Measure what matters ______
Identifying inequalities and discrimination requires the generation of evidence, data collection and disaggregation that go beyond gender, geography and age, to include all grounds of discrimination prohibited under international law, ensuring that all forms of discrimination and other root causes of inequalities are identified and addressed.
The importance of being able to monitor progress in reaching the furthest behind first, and to hold power holders to account is reflected in the recommendation that the State develop indicators that cover all the State’s contributions towards the SDGs. Only with relevant disaggregated data can policies be developed to reach the furthest behind effectively. At present, this does not exist. Amending this may involve adapting the Wellbeing Framework which does not account for transboundary effects of policies, and/or developing a set of nationally relevant indicators.
We call on the Government to:
Ensure Ireland has a coherent set of indicators that covers all of its contributions and obligations to the achievement of the SDGs, both nationally and internationally.
Resource the CSO to collect relevant, disaggregated, and timely data which would inform policies to reach the furthest behind first. This data should be published regularly.
Ireland should also make use of comparative EU data and case studies on issues such as addressing child poverty, housing, disability which are widely available to Member State governments through EU Institutions and agencies.
Considering the extensive overlap between human rights obligations and the SDGs, Ireland should integrate its measurement of and reporting on human rights obligations with its measurement of and reporting on the SDGs.
Tied to this, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) should be adequately resourced to engage with questions of SDGs/human rights alignment.