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MSDI partners with McMaster University to build world's largest evidence resource for the SDGs


Monash Sustainable Development Institute is excited to announce it has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with McMaster University, Canada to expand the scope of the Social Systems Evidence (SSE) repository to cover all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SSE is the world’s most comprehensive repository of research evidence and a free access point for synthesised evidence to support important policy decisions. This newly announced partnership between McMaster and MSDI has enormous potential to accelerate progress towards achieving the SDGs.

The content contained in SSE currently covers most of the SDGs, but will soon be expanded under the newly signed MOA. MSDI will broaden the number of government sectors and program areas covered by SSE and specifically, identify, appraise and curate systematic reviews relating to SDGs 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 13 (Climate Action), 14 (Life Below Water) and 15 (Life on Land).

John N. Lavis, Director of SSE said there was a growing international focus on evidence-informed policy making to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

“For all those looking for evidence to support policy decisions, we’re trying to help you do this better or more efficiently,” he said.

“We’re really excited about this partnership with MSDI, which is internationally recognised for its expertise in addressing the SDGs – especially those focused on energy, the environment and climate change,” Professor Lavis said.

MSDI’s Associate Professor Peter Bragge, who is the academic lead on the partnership, says the MOA cements an ongoing collaboration with the McMaster team.

“Having pioneered and applied the Forum approach in Australia with great support from John Lavis and his team since 2012, this seems a logical next step in our shared goal of bringing the world’s best evidence resource to those who need to address complex challenges,” he said.

Chair of MSDI, John Thwaites also expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership.

“As Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, I see great potential in connecting this world-first evidence resource to the 700+ university members of the SDSN,” Professor Thwaites said.

“The SDSN member regions and universities are all engaged in the challenge of how best to use evidence to address the SDGs,” he said.

Visit the Social Systems Evidence repository.