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A Guide to Practical Foresight: Part 46 - Maximising Value
Part 46 of a year long series on how to use Practical Foresight for competitive advantage:
The measure of excellence for scanning is use of the resulting information in planning and decision-making. An appropriate Horizon Scanning process will provide content, search mechanisms, updating processes, and a host environment that:
- Balance depth and breadth to achieve maximum relevance and use, with updated core content augmented by the breadth of regular additions of scanning content.
- Exhibit flexibility and responsiveness enabling emerging issues and trends, as well as changes to existing insights and trends, to be highlighted and easily incorporated.
- Allow open access for user driven research which maintains the integrity of the core articles and enables internal/designated users to capture and track their own insights, issues, and ideas and link them into the existing material.
- Provide transparency and multiple access routes so that users can search and explore content in different ways for different needs and see the full range, depth, and content.
- Identify both novel aspects of known and emerging change at the edge of current awareness.
- Stimulate generate debate, further research and ultimately, richer action planning.
- Highlight interconnections and cumulative effects or impacts of issues and their implications to support inter-departmental decision making and action.
- Analyze for understanding using a range of tools to present, quantify, and analyze content to support decision making and policy development.
- Ease use and support so that experienced and inexperienced users can achieve maximum benefit.
- Employ wide citation and explicit criteria to decide which aspects of change are described in the research.
- Require editors, researchers, and users to contribute new content and assess the quality of material.
- Encourage diversity but ensure that the underlying analysis that underpins material is transparent and open to challenge.
- Offer briefings that are intended to reflect a wide range of trends, uncertainties, and potential wildcards signalling high potential future change.
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A Guide To Practical Foresight - 46. Maximising Value