The Violence Observatory (span. Observatorio de Violencia) is an initiative of the Guatemalan civil association Diálogos, a group of independent scholars and researchers who seek to propose concrete solutions for contemporary public policy problems. The observatory acts as an oversight body and focuses on the analysis and research of violence-related problems in Guatemala. Its main purpose is to provide citizens, public opinion and political actors with accurate data and reliable information about the country’s current situation regarding violence. Some of their publications include monthly and yearly reports, security and justice newsletters, policy briefs, press releases, and public policy documents with concrete proposals and recommendations. Additionally, the observatory’s databases on violence-related data are public and can be accessed directly from their website.
Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?
Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?
Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?
Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?
Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?
Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?
- not backed by constitution nor legislation, nor by any governmental policy or program
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- citizens civil society
- democratic innovation yields no decision