The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is the official source of internationally-comparable data on education, science, culture and communication. As the official statistical agency of UNESCO, the UIS produces a wide array of datasets in UNESCO’s fields of action by working with national statistical offices, line ministries and other statistical organizations.
“We produce the data that fuels the policies and investments needed to transform lives and propel the world towards its development goals.”
As a result of our work:
-countries and the UN system are able to monitor progress towards and target policies towards their development goals, especially in the field of education;
-countries have a trusted source of guidance and training on international measurement;
-national governments and international organizations can evaluate trends, benchmark progress and better target their policies;
-donors have the vital evidence to help them direct resources to the areas of education where their funding will meet the most urgent needs and measure their impact;
-civil society groups have the ‘hard facts’ they need to mobilise support to provide quality education for all.
TRANSFORMING SDG DATA INTO ACTION
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will remain just that – a set of lofty goals with no clear directions to achieve them. This is why the international development community has mandated the UIS to develop the methodologies, standards and indicators needed to achieve SDG 4–Education 2030 and key targets in science and innovation, culture and communication in close consultation with partners.
“By working on a daily basis with national statistical offices, line ministries and technical partners around the world, the UIS is uniquely situated to lead the global initiatives to measure SDG 4.”
As the statistical agency of UNESCO, the UIS has the functional autonomy and technical expertise to produce high-quality data, methodologies and global standards.