The decision-making process within project development is a critical step that must be nurtured by key data, specific analysis and multifactorial assessment. An observatory could play a relevant role in this process.

An observatory is an interface to collect data, provide key knowledge and synthesize tailored reports according to specific project profiles.

The most valuable asset of an Observatory lies in the ability to connect resources that come from different sources, allow a multidisciplinary perspective in the analysis of information, promote multi-stakeholder engagement, provide theoretical and empirical evidence and make it in a systematic way.

Target audience

This workshop is aimed at all those who are engaged in the decision-making process within a project.

Who should attend:

  • Engineers of all disciplines
  • Scientists, researchers
  • Developers of technical projects
  • Government and trans-national executives dedicated to implementing projects
  • Developers of projects
  • Technical executives and managers of industrial enterprises
  • Policymakers
  • Students
  • Staff of International Development Organizations

Course Programme

The workshop comprises the following topics and is based on a Case-Study Review.

    1. Observatory Systems (Management and Operational Framework)
      Day 1 & 2

    2. From Reports Delivery to Capacity Building Programs
      Day 3


Observatory Systems

Day 1:

  • Management systems
    Who could/should be engaged in an observatory?
    What role could/should play the different stakeholders engaged?
    What funding mechanisms are available?
    What legal considerations should be taken for the operation of the observatory?
    How to design a protocol for managing and operational procedures?

  • Information generation system
    What Topics are priorities under an observatory?
    How to choose those topics?
    Where will the monitoring process take place?
    What territorial scales are more suitable?
    What methodological approaches should be chosen?
    What are the available tools for data collection, analysis and report presentation?

Day 2:

  • Service system
    What content should a report include?
    What format should a report prioritize?
    Real-time Monitoring tools
    Open Data Base networks

Day 3:

  • From Reports to Capacity Building
    Following the process of reports delivery, an observatory should become a capacity-building platform.

    Making reports available is of course the first step within knowledge transfer, but an observatory should go beyond within technical assistance and be able to implement tailored programs for policy-makers, private business owners, trade organizations, NGO, Civil Society Organizations, academicians and researchers, and so to build skills and provide expertise in a long-lasting way.

    There has been a historical gap between research outcomes delivered by the academy and the kind of evidence that policymakers need for decision making.

    Designing a Tailored Capacity Building Program
    • Target Audience
    • Content & Format
    • Schedule & Timing
    • Learning Environment
    • Assessment Methodologies
    • Expected Outcomes


Dr Jorge Diaz is an international senior consultant, he brings together expertise in urban design and planning, sustainable mobility, computer science, engineering, behavioural science and disaster risk management, to analyse distinctive forms and quantities of data relevant to the flows and fabric of future cities.

He is a Researcher and a Policy-Maker. From Conceptualisation to Implementation. He drives change and builds a vision for responsive built environments, engaging both cross-disciplinary teams and a variety of stakeholders. From Chile to Canada and from Mexico to China, that´s his life and passion.