National urban observatories
The mission of the National Urban Observatory is to establish a network between local observatories and facilitate their tasks and helps in building the capabilities of local observatories and comparison between urban areas to devise policies that achieve a balance of development in the regions, and to work to collect national urban indicators in order to prepare and develop urban policy, in addition to the production of the state of cities in the country Designated every two years.
The tasks of the National Urban Observatory are limited to extensive studies and consultations procedures for preparing the indicators framework, choosing the indicator packages for the framework including the Kingdom's privacy indicators, providing information and data to calculate indicators, removing contradictions and duplication between the sectoral goals that the urban indicators analysis process produces, awareness of urban observatories, and technical and administrative assistance To establish, operate and maintain local urban observatories, prepare a national report every two years on the urban situation in the Kingdom, hold training courses, organize meetings and workshops, organize a national award for best practices, and create a database for National Urban Observatory and linking them to local urban observatories electronic network, and the production of indicators and evaluation of policies.
The local urban observatory of any city is a focal point for developing policies and development plans for coordination and cooperation between policy makers, experts and representatives of partners at the local level. This level is the most important because it is directly related to the life of the population and is the shortest administrative shade to address urgent issues and the immediate needs of citizens.
The roles of local urban observatories are as follows:
- Determining local conditions, trends and priorities through research and consultation with the participation of local authorities, municipal councils, representatives of civil society institutions and the private sector.
- Develop and develop a set of indicators with local specificity for the quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the city and its communities, services and infrastructure at the city level, develop them periodically and conduct the necessary evaluation for the benefit of local authorities and local partners.
- Using digital databases and managing and analyzing urban data and data with the aim of building a local self-ability to achieve good urban management on a scientific and systematic basis that has a serious contribution to the process of formulating urban policy at the local level.
- rooming reciprocal relationship between the city and its suburbs in the city development strategies.
- Activating the national action plan at the regional and local levels.
- the exchange of knowledge and methodology of realism and the popularization and dissemination of best practices.
- Supporting emerging local and sub-urban observatories through training and exchange of experiences.
- Create a local Web site.
- Cooperating with the National Urban Observatory that connects them, and adhering to its technical guidelines to unify specifications and standards for establishing and operating urban observatories and database systems.