In 2009 the University of Deusto has taken the mandate to apply on behalf of the ENCATC Thematic area/Woking group, to the Policy Grouping call under the EU’s Culture programme (2007-2013). This platform of academics, researchers and cultural observatories, provides the opportunity to carry out research on the information systems used by cultural observatories and debate on the process of collecting, managing and disseminating information and knowledge.

The needs and challenges of cultural observatories were defined when the first meeting was held in Split in March 2008. The members of the working group agreed that the challenges of the working group should be to promote the role, essence and nature of cultural observatories; to assist in training and education to capitalize cultural observatories; and to support the system, that is cultural policies, in cultural development

This policy grouping offers a framework for discussion (platform) and exchange of best practices in order to improve the design and the evaluation of culture policies in Europe, mainly at a regional level.