This week was better than the last one since i read most of the readings, got tips from researchers from the third workshop.The only thing bothering me was, i was thinking that i haven't done as much as i should. Thanks to my mentor, he told me i was doing a good progress by going through all those readings and especially how difficult some of them were. Midway this week i finished the readings assigned by mentor and i started data collection ,choosing what indicators i will be using and from what data sources. I collected a lot of indicators to calculate the Sustainable Development Index (SDI).I wrote a critcal summary on the SDI methodology.I had two meetings with my mentor where we discussed the readings and trying to figure out what indicators out of the many i will use for calculation. Found more readings materials, read them only to findout more indicators which means more trouble for me. Because when i look at every indicator it seems very important but i won't be able to use all as i would love to.
I had to question myself again this week, because i collected way more indicators than have been previously used to calculate the SDI. Also, i wasn't satisfied with the method used to calculate the SDI. Some of the indicators i couldn't find data for and others not knowing how to meausre them and what value to give them.Most of this calculations and data of SDI being from UN or world bank, i asked myself, "do you think you,as 1st year undergraduate student doing her first ever research can have a better method than researchers from world bank and UN?" I suppose the research outcome will have to answer this.
At the end of the week i came up with the final indicators i thought would be necessary for the SDI calculation. The indicators are too many and their data is overwhelmingly big so i decided to group those which had close relation.Looking forward to what my mentor will say about them and the analysis ahead in week 3.I think my research will a little bit divert from what i initially planned.My initial research was about finding relationship between SDI and other measures of economic performance. However, it might now be focussing on what indicators/Indices should be used to calculate the SDI.