The purpose of this guide is to provide a selection of resources for the participants in the Map the System Competition.

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Background and System Mapping
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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

17 Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership.

UN iLibrary
National Center for Education Statistics
Clearinghouse for education statistics in the U.S. from pre-K to post-graduate.
Education Source
Provides indexing,abstracts, and full-text for education related content, coverage of all levels of education and specialties.
Education Resource Information Center (ERIC) provides education related literature, resources, and media. 

Citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Covers all major health disciplines.

CINAHL Complete
Current Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), with full text for many of the most used journals. Includes literature related to public health issues.

APA PsycInfo & APA PsycArticles
Databases with research literature related to behavioral sciences and mental health.

County Health Rankings
The CHR&R program provides data, evidence, guidance, and examples to build awareness of the multiple factors that influence health and support leaders in growing community power to improve health equity. The Rankings help measure the health of nearly every county in all 50 states.

Health (U.S. Census)
Health statistics are increasingly important in measuring the nation’s overall well-being. The Census Bureau provides accurate, detailed, and up-to-date statistics—covering people and business—relating to health in America.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization: Data 

  • Global Health Estimates
    WHO’s Global Health Estimates provide the latest available data on causes of death and disability globally, by WHO region and country, by age, sex and by income group. 
  • Health SDGs (UN 17 Goals)
    Includes World Health Statistics.
Environmental Sustainability

BIOSIS Citation Index
Index of life sciences and biomedical research and research tools.

CAB Abstracts
Reference in the applied sciences.

CABI Digital Library
Research on agriculture, the environment, and the applied life sciences.

Multidisciplinary environment resource, as relating to agriculture, education, law, health, and technology.

World Development Reports
The World Bank's World Development Reports (WDR), published annually, provides in depth analysis of a specific aspect of development. Past topics include well-being, governance and law, economies, the environment, poverty, and labor. 

Poverty & Livelihoods

U.S. Census Poverty Resources
The Census Bureau provides poverty data from several household surveys and programs. Here you can find poverty estimates, learn about these surveys and programs, and get guidance on how to choose the right estimate for your needs.

World Bank, Poverty
Overviews, data, and reports on international poverty. Includes how poverty is measured and inequality.

RuLIS - Rural Livelihoods Information System (United Nations)
The FAO Statistics Division, the World Bank and IFAD have joined forces to build RuLIS, as a tool to support policies for reducing rural poverty. Information on agricultural income and rural livelihoods is crucial for the formulation of evidence-based development policies.

Peace, Equity, & Human Rights

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (U.S. Department of State)
The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, also known as the Human Rights Reports, cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements.

UN Office of Human Rights
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights) is the leading UN entity on human rights. We represent the world's commitment to the promotion and protection of the full range of human rights and freedoms set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Sanitation & Water

EPA Water Topics
When the water in our rivers, lakes, and oceans becomes polluted; it can endanger wildlife, make our drinking water unsafe, and threaten the waters where we swim and fish. EPA research supports efforts under the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act.

Reports and data on the UN Sustainable Development Goal, WASH. The WASH SDG Program aims to sustainably deliver access to, and use of, safe drinking water for at least 450,000 people; and improve access to, and use of, sanitation and improve hygiene behaviors for at least 2 million people in 7 countries in Africa and Asia.