For an impact-oriented sustainability management you need suitable goals, indicators and data, by which goal attainment can be measured and controlled. In order to support a data-oriented control of sustainable development in communities, there are three instruments available: the SDG Portal, the Community Guide and the KECK Atlas.

The objective of the SDG Portal is to give communities a quick and intuitive first impression of the current status on the way to sustainable development. The focus is on a description and evaluation of current tendencies regarding selected indicators for the relevant international sustainability goals (Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs). The short-term time comparisons can be complemented individually by long-term time comparisons and separate intercommunal comparisons. This first stocktaking should be complemented – e.g. by means of the Community Guide and the KECK Atlas – by further information and analyses, in order to identify the needs for action on the way ahead to sustainable development according to the SDGs.

The Wegweiser Kommune is a portal in which communal data and statistics, good examples or practical projects, recommendations for action as well as reports on selected topics (education, demographic change, finance, integration, sustainability / SDGs, care, social situation, economy and work, as well as migrations according to target and origin) are provided

The KECK Atlas offers districts, cities and communities as well as other registered users the opportunity to insert data at a communal or small-scale level, edit them graphically, present them in report form and, where appropriate, make them publicly visible.

The SDG Portal and the Community Guide contain data or information about all cities and communities with more than 5,000 inhabitants in Germany, as well as all districts. The KECK Atlas can be used by all communities – regardless of their type and size..

The SDG Portal is designed to support communities in identifying needs for action on the way to sustainable development, which is oriented towards the sustainability goals of the United Nations. In doing so, there is a focus on those sustainability goals which can in general be classified as relevant (regarding problem and task) to German communities. These goals are displayed by means of indicators, which can be provided extensively, that is at least at the level of districts and district-free cities, as well as for several years. For the time being, the SDG indicators merely serve as a recommendation for communities in Germany. Each community can, should and must – considering the respective framework, prioritization and data availability – decide on its own, which indicators are best suited to portray their individual sustainable development.

Needs for action on the way to sustainable development on site can be determined on the basis of different factors or information. What is possible: e.g. time comparisons (short, medium and long-term), intercommunal comparisons (by means of individual or average values of other communities), intracommunal comparisons (regarding a small-scale breakdown of the community, e.g. according to single neighborhoods or districts) and target comparisons or comparisons of planned/actual data (with regard to final or interim targets; if necessary, in consideration of legal standards and limits). The basis for the identification of needs for action can also be provided by the respective framework conditions (e.g. economic, ecological or social structural conditions), as well as strategical prioritization (e.g. overall or specific strategies) of the respective community. In this context it is also important to consider the tasks or activities of other relevant players at community level (citizens, civil society and economy) or at superordinate levels (German states, Federation, European Union and United Nations).

By means of the SDG Portal users should be able to obtain a quick and intuitive first impression of the current status of a community on its way to meeting the sustainability goals of the United Nations. Current development tendencies are described and evaluated. These portrayals are based on short-term time comparisons, that is, on concrete changes of the two last measured respective indicator values. The evaluation is about whether the respective tendency (increasing, decreasing or stable indicator values) can in general be assessed as positive, negative or neutral. The current tendencies are visualized in an overview, both for the individual indicators and for all indicators of an SDG, as well as for all indicators of all SDGs. In this way the users of the portal are given a quick and intuitive idea of the current temporal developments of the separate levels. The short-term time comparison can be complemented by a medium-term time comparison (regarding the past 5 years), as well as a comparison with a different community (in a short and medium-term time comparison). There is no qualitative evaluation of the additional comparison options.

At suitable locations, users are provided with links to the Wegweiser Kommuneand the KECK Atlas, in order to add further information and analyses and to be able to identify needs for action on the way to sustainable development according to the SDGs.

The Wegweiser Kommune is an information system for communities which would like to get an idea of their development and actively shape the future. The comprehensive range of data consists of communal data and statistics for all cities and communities with more than 5,000 inhabitants, as well as all districts – complemented by good examples from communal practice, recommendations for action and reports on selected topics (education, demographic change, finance, integration, sustainability / SDGs, care, social situation, economy and work, as well as migrations according to origin and target).

The communal data and statistics are mainly based on actual data, but also contain e.g. population projections (until 2030, at district and community level) and care projections (until 2030, at district level). These actual data can currently be retrieved for the years 2006 to 2016, so that changes and developments over time can be shown. The good practice examples and projects are described in the form of fact sheets (by means of the criteria: starting point, goals, implementation and success). The recommendations for action are of a general nature or refer to individual demographic types. For that purpose, communities with similar development characteristics were combined, based on a cluster analysis. The reports can be created and downloaded partly standardized, as well as in automated form for specific topics

The KECK Atlas is a monitoring instrument with which registered users can view data at community or small-scale level, edit them graphically, show them in the form of a report and make them publicly visible. The KECK Atlas is primarily designed for communal specialist planners, enabling them to identify opportunities and starting points that are unequally distributed in inner cities.

Which indicators from which topics are inserted into the KECK Atlas, is subject to the community's decision. Users of the KECK Atlas determine the indicators themselves, supported by proposal lists, and also enter the data themselves, by means of style sheets. They can also choose flexibly, for which spatial borders (e.g. overall city, district, neighborhood, statistical district etc.) data are displayed

As long as the data are to be displayed at a small-scale level, users decide independently about the respective spatial borders. Besides the communities can determine which data should be published or – in a protected area – only be visible to a limited number of users.