Poland on the way to SDGs

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The project published a digital report, ‘Poland on the way to SDGs’, which was created in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda), celebrated in 2020. The fifth anniversary of the 2030 Agenda was therefore an opportunity to summarise Poland’s progress in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG report is available here.

Due to the multithreaded theme of the 2030 Agenda, the concepts of SDGs still seem complicated and difficult to understand for many people. Hence, the basis of the digital report was to reach both stakeholders who are involved in the implementation of SDGs (including representatives of government administration, business, the non-governmental sector and academia), as well as every citizen who is interested in broadening their knowledge on this subject.

The report in digital form made it possible to expand the groups of recipients and reach new ones (e.g. those that use only mobile carriers). The publication is available both on PCs and on mobile devices (tablet, smartphone). With its clear form, easy operation and uncomplicated analytical language, it encouraged many people to access it, as evidenced by the number of visits to the website (about 3000 since its publication) and the reaction of stakeholders of Statistics Poland in the area of SDGs. Policymakers and businesses gained knowledge of areas that require more attention and intervention, while for people with less experience in SDGs, the report allowed them to become acquainted with the topic.

A team of people consisting only of employees of Statistics Poland was involved in the work on the digital report. About 10 experts were involved in the substantive work related to the preparation of analyses. One expert was responsible for building the website and preparing its layout in terms of the specificity of the topic (5Ps and 17 SDGs). The publication was prepared based on open-source solutions (it was created in HTML5, CSS and JavaScript). From the point of view of public administration, where Statistics Poland belongs, this is of great importance because these units are bound by the Public Finance Act and the principle of cost-effective spending.

Because the digital form of the publication has met with great interest and has been positively received by readers, Statistics Poland plans to maintain this form of the report in subsequent editions as well as for their subsequent publications, which is consistent with their publication policy.

This approach is also supported by the open-source solutions used in the report – there is no need to incur additional funds and printing is not needed (thus saving resources and taking care of the natural environment). Any new solutions will be implemented within the acquired skills.

The report summarising the progress in the field of SDG was the first digital publication of Statistics Poland and this form of reports in the series will be maintained. In the near future, other publishing series will also be published in this innovative way, as Statistics Poland is working on changes to its publication policy, which focuses on increasing access to digital publications.

The digital form of the SDG report provides many more possibilities than the electronic form (PDF). This form provided a flexible approach for the team involved in the implementation of the product, for example, in terms of publishing subsequent chapters or updating data. On the other hand, the reader has easier access to the chapters that interest them. In addition, it allows readers to access more detailed statistical data (with the possibility of downloading XLS tables), download charts (in three possible formats: SVG, PNG and CSV), change the scope of data on interactive charts (PL or EU, woman, man or total, etc.) and reach other pages, studies and databases containing information on sustainable development. Providing data in these formats meets some of the criteria related to data opening.

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