Measurement Fetishism

“Currently the SDGs include 17 goals and 169 targets. Each target may have multiple indicators. Each indicator must be decomposed into many sub-indicators that show the extent to which the indicator is realized for multiple marginalized groups. This is less a system for sane management and more likely to be a welfare program for researchers. So many resources will be spent on trying to develop, measure, and collect data on what may literally be thousands of indicators that there may be few resources and little attention left over to actually do something about the problems indicated.”