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In order to identify entry points for urban transformative action, it is relevant to assess your city’s current performance considering global goals and targets. The self-assessment does not have to be based on actual data or local reviews; rather, it should serve as a starting point for further and deeper discussions. Trust a certain “feeling” about self-assessing your own city in regard to selected targets.

The issue of available, relevant local data and indicators for a more qualitative assessment of your city is one to be discussed further in the monitoring section.


Better understanding of the relevance of global targets for local action and positioning your city in relation to the SDGs and other goals.


Step 1: Conduct the self-assessment, step by step. You can do so online or by creating a template and using a printed version, e.g. during workshops and for group discussions.

(If used for group discussions, let participants fill in the self-assessment to the best of their knowledge and according to the ranking scale embedded in the tool. As mentioned before, the assessment should be conducted based on what participants experience in their city. Let them discuss the commonalities and differences between their evaluations.)

Step 2: Now have a closer look at the results of the self-assessment and ask the following questions:

  • What targets have been assessed as good or very good? Can you think of the success factors for this?
  • What targets have been assessed as bad or critical? Try to come up with possible reasons for this.
  • What potential measures could there be to improve the targets rated critical or bad?
  • What could be good indicators for tracking progress of the given target?

(If you want to have a more focussed discussion, use the hand-out and let participants fill it out in smaller groups first, followed by whole-group discussion.)





2 hours


Self-Assessment, identified areas for action