A free online tool wants to help the academia and other businesses to describe their impact on the 17 Global Goals. The purpose is to raise the level of awareness about the whole Agenda 2030 and to strengthen users' contributions to sustainable development.
The tool is called the SDG Impact Assessment Tool and is developed by the Gothenburg Center for Sustainable Development at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, in collaboration with SDSN Northern Europe, and with financial support from the Region Västra Götaland via the Maritime Cluster of Western Sweden.
About the SDG Impact Assessment Tool
The SDG Impact Assessment Tool helps you assess impacts from innovations, research activities, organisations, projects, and other initiatives onto the SDGs, hereafter called assessment objects or objects for short. With your own knowledge as a base, you will be able to identify positive impacts (opportunities), negative impacts (risks), and knowledge gaps. Detecting these knowledge gaps is a significant result in itself. In the end, you will have a better understanding of how your assessment object relates to the SDGs and be better equipped to prioritise actions ahead. The tool stimulates a qualitative and reflective approach to identify SDG impacts. Given the complexity and broad scope of the 2030 Agenda, qualitative reasoning should not be underestimated as a valid approach to assess SDG impacts. That is not to say that the tool excludes quantitative data, if available. On the contrary, it is an excellent way to justify the identified impacts.
The Gothenburg Center for Sustainable Development is the owner of the tool.
More information on assessments regarding the Global Goals for sustainable development can be found on the SDSN Northern Europe website.