The SDGs rely on data collected for each of the 17 Goals to assess how much progress has been made—and what remains to be done before 2030. This data can identify strengths or areas for improvement in communities. It helps communities with similar challenges share experiences, collaborate, and validate their progress—whether those communities are in the same country or across the world. Donors and development partners can use this data to identify priorities, track impact and identify new partners.

Community Indicator Systems (CIS) are online platforms that turn this data into accessible, interactive displays for leaders and community members to track issues that matter locally. Informed by community members’ stated priorities, CIS platforms empower communities to collect and use data that connects their well-being to the SDGs.

This “localization” of the SDGs turns abstract global targets into actionable local goals. Being able to observe the local and global impact of their efforts gives community members ownership and control of development action, stimulating and sustaining a willingness to engage.

The Cropper Foundation (TCF) has partnered with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and United Way Trinidad and Tobago (UWTT) to develop a Community Indicator System under the Data for Local SDG Action programme of the IISD.

Learn more about IISD’s Tracking Progress Programme here.

Trinidad & Tobago CIS Brief

Community Livelihoods and Resilience


Natural Capital, Data for Development, Civil Society Leadership