Leaving no one behind (LNOB) is the central, transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals. LNOB means moving beyond assessing average and aggregate progress, towards ensuring progress for all population groups at a disaggregated level.
To support governments and the United Nations system in the Asia-Pacific region, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has developed a user-friendly diagnostic tool called Leave No One Behind (LNOB) platform. The tool is used to improve the understanding of how various circumstances intersect and create inequalities in access to basic opportunities covered by the Sustainable Development Goals. Building on empirical methodologies such as Classification and Regress Trees (CART) and the Dissimilarity index (D-index), it uses data and statistics at national and subnational levels to identify groups left furthest behind and the circumstances they share.
In this technical R training, ESCAP will take participants through the inner workings of its LNOB platform, using the statistical R code that prepares, analyzes and produces evidence on 16 SDG indicators based on the Mongolian Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) from 2018. In addition to replicating the results hosted in LNOB platform, participants will also learn how to operationalize the LNOB methodology on indicators other than those currently available on the platform and to carry out LNOB analysis, suing other nationally representative surveys such as Mongolia Labor Force Surveys (2020).
II. Training Objectives
The primary objective of this statistical training is to strengthen national capacities in building the evidence base to developing policies that reduce inequality of opportunity and accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, by making sure that those left behind are also included. At the end of the training, technical officials and specialists will be able to map out inequalities in access to opportunities and prevalence of barriers for which they have data and identify furthest behind and furthest ahead and quantify the level of inequality at national and sub-national levels through the D-Index.
III. Target Audience
The statistical training will draw participation from technical officials and specialists in ministries, departments and agencies, academia, think-thanks, research institution and the United Nations system entities. Given the complexity of the code and the short duration of the training, a basic level of understanding of and experience with statistical software programmes such as R and Stata will be needed to follow the instructions. We recommend that participants follow our guidelines for installing and preparing the R Studio environment before the training begins. It may be beneficial, but is not required, for participants to review basic R skills which can be found by a simple search on the internet.
IV. Organization and Participation
The statistical training will be organized physically at the Blue Sky Hotel, Ulaanbaatar, on 21 and 22 November 2022. Local transportation for participants who register, and share required documents by November 7th will be covered by ESCAP. The meeting will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation to local language. The tentative programme of the training is detailed below.