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Title: Facing the future : scanning, synthesizing and sense-making in horizon scanning
Authors : Konnola, T.
Salo, A.
Cagnin, C.
Carabias-Hütter, Vicente
Vilkkumaa, E.
Published in : Science and Public Policy
Volume(Issue) : 39
Issue : 2
Pages : 222
Pages to: 231
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Oxford University Press
Issue Date: 2012
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Horizon scanning; Foresight; Grand challenge; Policy coordination
Subject (DDC) : 320: Politics
Abstract: In this paper, we discuss key issues in harnessing horizon scanning to shape systemic policies, particularly in the light of the foresight exercise ‘Facing the future: Time for the EU to meet global challenges’ which was carried out for the Bureau of European Policy Advisors. This exercise illustrates how horizon scanning can enable collective sense-making processes which assist in the identification of emerging signals and policy issues; the synthesis of such issues into encompassing clusters; and the interpretation of resulting clusters as an important step towards the coordinated development of joint policy measures. In order to achieve such objectives, horizon scanning can benefit from methods of multi-criteria decision-making and network analysis for prioritizing, clustering and combining issues. Furthermore, these methods provide support for traceability, which in turn contributes to the enhanced transparency and legitimacy of foresight.
Further description : Erworben im Rahmen der Schweizer Nationallizenen (
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Sustainable Development (INE)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1093/scipol/scs021
ISSN: 0302-3427
Published as part of the ZHAW project : IFA International Foresight Academy
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