Operationalization and Institutionalization of Newly Developed Indicators for Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Next Step
In 2017, the Philippine Statistical System (PSS), through the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI), conducted studies to expand the indicator system for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by engaging retired government statisticians as researchers. The studies resulted to the recommendation of additional indicators that may be operationalized for possible inclusion in the current indicator system for SDG monitoring. This paper discusses the various activities to be done to adopt the results and the recommendations of the different studies on the operationalization and institutionalization of the additional indicators. These activities include the screening of proposed indicators for their appropriateness in measuring the global goals, validation of their measurement methodologies, availability of data to support the regular production of the indicators, adherence to the statistical standards in the production of the needed data, and many others. These activities are in coordination with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and appropriate inter-agency committees. After these reviews, the indicators will have to be presented to the PSA Board, the policymaking body on statistical matters in the country, for approval. Once approved by the PSA Board, the new indicators will be adopted and included in the existing indicator system for SDG monitoring.