Foresight is not new, governments, private sector and non-profit organisations have been using foresight approaches for many decades. However, there is a limited evidence base on the impact of foresight work. The majority of case studies that are available focus on how specific projects or units have used foresight rather than how governments as a whole have done this.
This project by the School of International Futures (SOIF) has taken a broader approach to explore how different governments have developed their foresight ecosystems over time and to map the features that can support integration of long-term thinking into policymaking at the most strategic level.
It aims to provide a guiding framework to build and sustain foresight in policy-making and to do so in a way that creates long-term impact from futures work.
Published April 2021