Articles on effective media development funding and donor support to journalism.
This page features articles about data and indicators in media development.
For data source and indicators for media development visit Indicators & data sources.


Almost there: A common-sense indicator for the UN’s access to information goal
Center for International Media Assistance


The Statistical Commission Speaks: First Indications of Access to Information in the SDGs
Center for International Media Assistance


Will Statisticians Get the Last Word on the UN’s New Development Goals?
Center for International Media Assistance
There are three things you need to know about the negotiations over the United Nations’ next set of global development goals, which will be adopted by world leaders at the General Assembly this September and remain in effect for the next 15 years:
  • Almost everybody agrees that the proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets under discussion are too numerous to be fully measured and tracked, much less fully achieved.
  • Almost nobody wants to reopen negotiations to reduce the number of goals and targets, because almost everybody has something in the current proposal they want to retain — and many fear a further round of revisions would produce not just fewer but also far less ambitious SDGs.
  • The real negotiations, therefore, are those now taking place in the parallel geopolitical universe of official statisticians, who through the UN Statistical Commission will oversee the selection of “indicators” for those 17 goals and 169 targets. It’s a process that won’t conclude until months after the September adoption of the SDGs but that will determine what those new goals actually mean, whether they can realistically be met by the 2030 deadline and if they will really matter much to the world if they are met.


Metrics, metrics everywhere: How do we measure the impact of journalism?
Nieman Lab
The article argues that we need to get beyond counting pageviews and ad impressions and build better ways of judging how our work changes the world around us.


This resource page is a work in progress. Please get in touch to let us know what is missing using this form.