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Glossary Element  Foresight Dictionary


English: Forward-looking studies

Glossary Element  Forward-looking studies

Forward-looking studies aim to provide information and advice for shaping the future based on the knowledge of a rather small group of expert authors. The results of forward-looking studies can be fed into the foresight processes, as well as into other strategic decision-making processes, but taken alone they cannot deliver the governance-related benefits that foresight processes offer. Examples of forward-looking studies are environmental outlooks and scenario and megatrend studies. They can be applied as stand-alone services supporting policy-makers throughout the policy cycle, as well as in other policy fields, independently of the original aim of the study.