Design and Implementation of an issue-based crowdsourced Global Monitoring Framework for the SDGs

UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP).


Kutch, Gujarat

Key Highlights

  • 1759 Youth participated in the study from 8 education institutes
  • Key issues faced in education included a lack of education material and books, lack of teachers, libraries, drinking water facilities, infrastructure and quality of education.
  • A mobile application was developed to crowd-source data on the status of education institutes

Issue-based crowdsourced Global Monitoring Framework for the SDGs

UNESCO MGIEP’s program design was a crowd-sourced approach to monitor social development issues at a local level, and then map the insights gained out of this monitoring exercise to compute quantitative measures of learning, responsiveness and competency of local communities. The underlying premise of the proposed methodology was to focus on the achievement of Goal 4.7, which is seen as central to the achievement of all other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Research objectives were to understand and analyse the proposed methodology in terms of organizations and communities identifying issues, actions and traceable changes (positive and negative), assess if concepts and understanding of sustainable development and global citizenship lead to practice and action for sustainable development, and to develop and test a technology tool to operationalise the program and test the proposed statistical metrics of spatial correlation, to calculate quantitative scores on competency, responsiveness, and learning.

Research Tools

01. Participatory tools (dotmocracy, card sorting, visual aids)
02. Developed application for crowdsourced data.
03. Advocacy toolkit for information sharing


An initial assessment was conducted with students in higher secondary schools and colleges, and institute leadership to gain further understanding on the quality of education in target regions. An advocacy toolkit was developed on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the power of youth driven development, details on crowd sourced data, project scope and goals and information on youth participation for the project. Along with the presentation, a worksheet was designed to capture the key issues (as perceived by the youth), their  understanding of community and social issues, and their willingness to participate in the project. The project concluded with the development and piloting of a crowd sourced data application.