Advanced Data Planning Tool (NSDS)


With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) having been adopted in 2015, the NSDS process has to adapt to include this new measurement agenda. Already processes are under way by the UNSD and the SDG-IAEG to identify the suitability of existing data to report on the 169 Targets. The NSDS planning process has to account for the demands of the new development agenda and the call for a Data Revolution. PARIS21 has developed the Advanced Data Planning Tool (ADAPT) to help countries plan for the SDGs within the context of the NSDS. ADAPT is a web based planning tool developed and supported by PARIS21 that will be deployed in countries willing to adapt. It is designed to be a consultative tool that leverages the internet and brings development stakeholders together defining the measurement context within an indicator framework for monitoring development that is appropriate to the national goals and development. This framework can import multiple indicators from global frameworks such as the SDGs and COP21 as well as regional frameworks that are required for example by SIDS or other regional entities. They are all integrated in anational development plan that draws from sectoral and sub-national development plans as well. The application also contains a planning module and a costing module of data collection processes identified in these plans. These modules facilitate the process of planning and costing data collection activities and prepare advocacy tools with the goal of mobilizing financing for the NSDS. The core of the application will be the gap analysis. The application allows for the identification of: data gaps, reporting gaps, financial gaps and geographic gaps.

  • Data gaps are identified when there is no data to inform an indicator.
  • Reporting gaps are identified when the indicator is not reported with sufficient frequency to allow for adequate monitoring.
  • Financial gaps are gaps in financing data collection in indicators and include a sensitivity analysis for monitoring indicators at lower levels of disaggregation.
  • Geographic gaps are lower level areas where the indicator should be monitored and are not.

Three C’s of ADAPT: Consult, Chart & Cost


ADAPT is designed as a tool to catalyse the consultative process in defining a monitoring framework for development. A central administrator manages users of the system who contribute to the national statisticalprocess. Registered users are allowed to provide input into the log frame and comment on processes. Information on each indicator is kept in a data base. This includes information such as: who is the custodian of data, where will the information be disseminated, who will compute the indicator etc.


Charting includes various visualization tools. Of key importance is the ability to chart gaps in the data record. Identifying deficiencies in the data record and modifying scenarios to resolve these inefficiencies is part of charting a course and navigating through the new environment. Charting helps a country develop a roadmap for attaining their data revolution for sustainable development.


Data collection is expensive. Traditionally, data has been collected through surveys and other field operations. As more options become available for acquiring data, the funding and cost estimation landscape becomes more complex and variable. Putting the right tools in the hands of decision makers can help make important decisions on allocating funds. ADAPT provides a solution to statistical agencies interested in systematically approaching the problem of estimating costs of undertaking field operations. There are various levels of estimation provided.