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Monitor SDGs (GE0072)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Georgia Action Plan 2018-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Administration of the Government of Georgia

Support Institution(s): LEPL – Data Exchange Agency UNDP in Georgia; IDFI

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Public Service Delivery, Sustainable Development Goals

IRM Review

IRM Report: Georgia Design Report 2018-2019

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Commitment 7: Public monitoring of sustainable development goals (SDGs)

Administration of the GoG in cooperation with partner agencies shall develop and introduce in 2018 a new electronic system (SDG Tracker), the purpose of which will be the effective and transparent conduct of monitoring of the UN Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs). By means of said system any stakeholder will have a possibility to retrieve information online about the progress achieved in accordance with specific goals.

The SDG Tracker will ensure at a national scale the gathering of the newest information about the activities carried out by the public agencies for meeting the SDGs in once space and its citizen accessibility.

Commitment 7: SDG Tracker
Lead Agency Administration of the Government of Georgia
Partners Public Agency LEPL – Data Exchange Agency
Civil Society/ Private Sector /International organization UNDP in Georgia; IDFI
Issues to be Addressed The UN SDGs are a constituent part of the internal reforms of the GoG. The goals’ nationalization and introduction process started in 2015, while the direct implementation phase continues since 2018. This process involves 11 ministries and many other governmental organizations. The monitoring and accountability goals require the creation of a common electronic platform, which will simplify interagency coordination and make the goals implementation process and outcomes transparent in the country. The system will link the UN goals and tasks with the country’s internal policy documents and provide information about the public financial resources in a specific direction. All this will enable citizens and stakeholders to familiarize themselves with the government aspirations of the next year, to see the planned and conducted activities and assess the progress.
Main Objective Along with the UN SDGs, assessment and efficient management of the governmental policy.

OGP Principles Transparency Accountability Citizens Participation Technologies and Innovations
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Milestones to Fulfill the Commitment New or ongoing commitment Start date: End date:
Activation of the internal electronic system (the internal operations system will be accessible only for governmental agencies). New September 2018 December 2018
Activation/functional setup of the SDG web-page, including SDG Tracker and other components, where the internal system data are generated. New October 2018 December 2018

Promoting the SDG Tracker as the governmental policy monitoring and assessment possibility. New February 2019 December 2019
Activation of the information part of SDG Tracker web-page – placement of a schedule/information related to all the projects, ongoing or planned activities at a national scale. New February 2019 December 2019
Indicator The SDGs Monitoring and Assessment System has been developed and introduced; the SDGs Tracker web-page is functioning.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

Commitment 7: Public Monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:

“Administration of the GoG in cooperation with partner agencies shall develop and introduce in 2018 a new electronic system (SDG Tracker), the purpose of which will be the effective and transparent conduct of monitoring of the UN Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs). By means of said system any stakeholder will have a possibility to retrieve information online about the progress achieved in accordance with specific goals.

The SDG Tracker will ensure at a national scale the gathering of the newest information about the activities carried out by the public agencies for meeting the SDGs in once space and its citizen accessibility.

The UN SDGs are a constituent part of the internal reforms of the GoG. The goals’ nationalization and introduction process started in 2015, while the direct implementation phase continues since 2018. This process involves 11 ministries and many other governmental organizations. The monitoring and accountability goals require the creation of a common electronic platform, which will simplify interagency coordination and make the goals implementation process and outcomes transparent in the country. The system will link the UN goals and tasks with the country’s internal policy documents and provide information about the public financial resources in a specific direction. All this will enable citizens and stakeholders to familiarize themselves with the government aspirations of the next year, to see the planned and conducted activities and assess the progress.”

Milestones: 

  1. Activation of the internal electronic system (the internal operations system will be accessible only for governmental agencies)
  2. Activation/functional setup of the SDG web-page, including SDG Tracker and other components, where the internal system data are generated
  3. Promoting the SDG Tracker as the governmental policy monitoring and assessment possibility
  4. Activation of the information part of SDG Tracker web-page — placement of a schedule/information related to all the projects, ongoing or planned activities at a national scale

Start Date: September 2018

End Date: December 2019

Editorial note: For the full text of this commitment, please see https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/georgia-action-plan-2018-2019/.

Context and Objectives

This commitment aims to establish a new electronic system to track Georgia’s progress in implementing its United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), known as the SDGs Tracker. The government of Georgia has partnered with Geostat to set baseline indicators for each SDG-aligned national target. However, there are several challenges associated with the monitoring process, such as the lack of statistical data to identify reliable quantitative indicators. [38] Also, according to the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), the existing practice of collecting SDG-related data manually from the responsible agencies is ineffective, due to a lack coordination between the responsible organizations. [39]

Along with the internal e-system that would allow data collection and reporting within government agencies, this commitment plans to develop a national SDG webpage to integrate the aggregated data and make it available publicly. [40] This webpage would provide access to up-to-date national SDG information, the performance of public agencies, and implementation of national SDG targets. It could also enable effective and transparent monitoring of the entire national SDGs agenda, which is not currently available publicly. [41]

The commitment is specific enough to be verified. If fully implemented, the SDGs Tracker could have a moderate impact on improving public access to Georgia’s progress in implementing its SDGs. Namely it could help provide a more accessible space for the public to monitor progress toward the SDGs and government policies and activities. As explained during the IRM researcher’s focus group discussion with stakeholders, [42] the new tracking system could allow government representatives, civil society organizations (CSOs), and citizens to track progress on major policy areas. Such areas might include environmental protection, education, poverty reduction, economic development, inclusive environment, and democratic governance. [43] Additionally, according to a former IDFI representative, [44] this tracking system could serve as a valuable tool for collecting data. Hence, it could encourage evidence-based policy making. It could also promote governmental reforms and achievements and attract donor funds for both government and CSOs.

Next steps

Given the importance of this commitment to stakeholders, the IRM researcher recommends carrying it forward to the next action plan. Once the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Tracker becomes operational, the IRM researcher recommends the following:

  • Execute an outreach campaign to inform a wider range of citizens, representatives of the private sector, representatives of local governance, and other governmental agencies. This effort would increase awareness regarding the United Nations SDGs and the role of SDGs in national policy making.
  • Enable the SDGs Tracker to integrate a tool that allows civil society to participate in the planning of indicators on the national level. This tool should also enable civil society to assess key performance indicator completion levels. It will, thus, encourage their participation in the overall SDG monitoring process.



[38] Sustainable Development Goals, Knowledge Platform, “Georgia,” https://bit.ly/32pAhGx.

[39] Institute for Development of Freedom of Information, “Supporting the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Georgia,” 13 January 2017, https://bit.ly/2xdVcgF.

[40] Saba Buadze, former Anti-Corruption Direction Lead, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information, interview with the IRM researcher, 22 May 2019.

[41] IRM researcher’s focus group discussion with experts, researchers, and master’s students of public administration, 18 June 2018.

[42] IRM researcher’s focus group discussion with experts, researchers, and master’s students of public administration, 18 June 2018.

[43] Tamar Tatishvili, MPA Nonprofit Management and Head of Nonprofit Management Program at Consulting and Training Center, interview with the IRM researcher, 18 June 2019.

[44] Buadze interview, May 2019.


Commitments

  1. Improved Public Services

    GE0066, 2018, Capacity Building

  2. Citizen Engagement Platform

    GE0067, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. Unified Authentication System

    GE0068, 2018, E-Government

  4. Economic Governance

    GE0069, 2018, E-Government

  5. Environment Portal

    GE0070, 2018, E-Government

  6. Strengthen Anti-Corruption Institutions

    GE0071, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  7. Monitor SDGs

    GE0072, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Citizen Engagement Legislation

    GE0073, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  9. Publish Court Decisions

    GE0074, 2018, E-Government

  10. Increasing Transparency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

    GE0075, 2018, E-Government

  11. Citizen Participation in Public Finance

    GE0076, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  12. Transparent Public Funding System

    GE0077, 2018, Fiscal Openness

  13. Public Procurement Improvements

    GE0078, 2018, Access to Information

  14. Housing Policy Planning

    GE0079, 2018, Land Rights and Spatial Planning

  15. Openness and Accountability of State-Owned Enterprises

    GE0080, 2018, E-Government

  16. Transparency and Good Governance

    GE0081, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  17. Open Data Collection and Publication

    GE0082, 2018, Access to Information

  18. Participation for Disabled Individuals

    GE0083, 2018, Infrastructure & Transport

  19. Participatory Budgeting

    GE0084, 2018, Capacity Building

  20. Your Idea for the Zugdidi Mayor

    GE0085, 2018, Capacity Building

  21. Electronic Services

    GE0086, 2018, E-Government

  22. I. Gov. Zugdidi

    GE0087, 2018, Capacity Building

  23. Service and Citizen Satisfaction Assessment

    GE0088, 2018, Capacity Building

  24. Promoting and Monitoring SDGs

    GE0089, 2018, Legislative

  25. Citizen Involvement in Budget

    GE0090, 2018, E-Government

  26. Technology for Transparency

    GE0091, 2018, E-Government

  27. Citizen Engagement Center

    GE0092, 2018, Capacity Building

  28. Raising Public Awareness About Parliamentary Democracy

    GE0093, 2018, E-Government

  29. Electronic Innovations for More Transparency and Efficiency of Public Procurement

    GE0056, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  30. Starred commitment Adoption of the Environmental Assessment Code

    GE0057, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  31. Introduction of a Mobile App as an Alternative Channel to Connect to “112”

    GE0058, 2016, E-Government

  32. Development of Local Councils for Crime Prevention

    GE0059, 2016, Justice

  33. Development of a Guidebook for Economic Agents

    GE0060, 2016, Capacity Building

  34. Development and Introduction of the Quality Control Program of Commercial Service

    GE0061, 2016, Capacity Building

  35. Presentation of Company Reports in an Electronic Form and Provision of Their Accessibility

    GE0062, 2016, Capacity Building

  36. Introduction of an Electronic Petition Portal and “Zugdidi-INFO” on the Webpage of Zugdidi Municipality Assembly

    GE0063, 2016, Capacity Building

  37. Transparency of Ozurgeti Municipality Assembly Meetings

    GE0064, 2016, Capacity Building

  38. Creation of Electronic Mechanism for Local Budget Planning in Kutaisi, Ozurgeti, Batumi and Akhaltsikhe

    GE0065, 2016, E-Government

  39. Adapting the Public Service Hall to the Needs of the People with Disabilities

    GE0042, 2016, Capacity Building

  40. Launch of the Unified Healthcare System Information Portal

    GE0043, 2016, Capacity Building

  41. Introduction of Electronic Licensing System in the Field of Natural Resources Application

    GE0044, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  42. Creation of Spatial (Geographic) Data Web-Portal for the Energy Sector

    GE0045, 2016, Capacity Building

  43. Creation of Innovation Ecosystem

    GE0046, 2016, Capacity Building

  44. Electronic Portal for Registering and Disposal of State Property – Customer’S Module

    GE0047, 2016, E-Government

  45. Development of the Freedom of Information Law

    GE0048, 2016, Access to Information

  46. Development of a Monitoring and Assessment System of the Government Policy and Legislative Acts

    GE0049, 2016, Capacity Building

  47. Starred commitment Introduction of the Public Officials’ Asset Declarations Monitoring System

    GE0050, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  48. Establishing Unified Regulations to Publish Court Decisions

    GE0051, 2016, Judiciary

  49. Development of Transparency and Integrity Strategy and Action Plan in the Field of Regional Development and Infrastructure

    GE0052, 2016, Capacity Building

  50. Improvement of the Database of the Convicted and Transfer of the Penitentiary Department Entirely Onto the Electronic Workflow Management

    GE0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  51. Publication of Phone Tapping Data According to the Nature of the Crime and Geographic Area

    GE0054, 2016, E-Government

  52. Starred commitment Increasing Citizen Participation in Supervision of Public Finances (Public Audit)

    GE0055, 2016, Capacity Building

  53. "Voice of the Consumer"

    GE0013, 2014, Public Participation

  54. JUSTdrive

    GE0014, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  55. Educational Services

    GE0015, 2014, Education

  56. Citizen's Portal (Www.Mygov.Ge)

    GE0016, 2014, Capacity Building

  57. Transformation of Public Libraries for Regional Development

    GE0017, 2014, Capacity Building

  58. Digital Signature and Online Authentication

    GE0018, 2014, E-Government

  59. Open Data Portal (Data.Gov.Ge)

    GE0019, 2014, Access to Information

  60. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Draft

    GE0020, 2014, Access to Information

  61. Georgia's OGP Forum

    GE0021, 2014, Public Participation

  62. I-Change.Ge

    GE0022, 2014, E-Government

  63. Transparency of Public Service Recruitment

    GE0023, 2014, E-Government

  64. Asset Declaration Monitoring System

    GE0024, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  65. Starred commitment Political Party Financial Declarations

    GE0025, 2014, Access to Information

  66. Accessibility of Ministry of Interior's Webpage to People with Special Needs

    GE0026, 2014, E-Government

  67. Starred commitment Proactive Publishing of Surveillance Data

    GE0027, 2014, Civic Space

  68. Public Awareness of the Electoral Process

    GE0028, 2014, Capacity Building

  69. Transparency of Budgetary Processes

    GE0029, 2014, E-Government

  70. Electronic System of Procurement

    GE0030, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  71. Digital Human Resource Management System

    GE0031, 2014, E-Government

  72. Digital Preservation System: E-Archive

    GE0032, 2014, E-Government

  73. Openness and Accessibility of National Archives

    GE0033, 2014, E-Government

  74. Electronic Catalogues of Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) Archives

    GE0034, 2014, E-Government

  75. Public Finance Management System

    GE0035, 2014, E-Government

  76. Alternative Channels to "112"

    GE0036, 2014, E-Government

  77. Interactive Statistics and Crime Mapping

    GE0037, 2014, E-Government

  78. Travel Insurance Services

    GE0038, 2014, Citizenship & Immigration

  79. State Property Registration

    GE0039, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  80. Development of Community Centers in Georgia

    GE0040, 2014, E-Government

  81. Introduction of e-Governance in Local Self-Governments

    GE0041, 2014, E-Government

  82. Public Service Hall-Hub of Public Services

    GE0001, 2012, Access to Justice

  83. e-Governance in Local Governments

    GE0002, 2012, E-Government

  84. Citizens’ Portal

    GE0003, 2012, E-Government

  85. Easily Accessible and Better Healthcare

    GE0004, 2012, E-Government

  86. Launch Ichange.Ge and Data.Gov.Ge

    GE0005, 2012, E-Government

  87. Platform for Participating in the Legislative Process

    GE0006, 2012, E-Government

  88. Citizens and Justice

    GE0007, 2012, Access to Justice

  89. Starred commitment Transparent Party Financing

    GE0008, 2012, Political Integrity

  90. Home-Grown Concept of E-Procurement

    GE0009, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  91. e-Declarations

    GE0010, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  92. Technology Cares for Safety: ICCMS, Crime Mapping, and Safety in Your Neighbourhood

    GE0011, 2012, E-Government

  93. NGO Forum

    GE0012, 2012, Capacity Building

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