Providing health intelligence to meet local needs
A practical guide to serving local and urban communities through public health observatories
This is a guide for local government sectors, academia, civil society organizations and individuals who are planning, developing or sustaining a public health observatory to provide policy-relevant, evidence-based information to local populations and their stakeholders. It describes the range of functions of a local public health observatory and the resources and competencies that would be required to fulfil such functions. It also provides practical resources and case studies to illustrate how such functions might operate in practice, with a focus on urban settings.