Science Inventory

Strategic Foresight in the Federal Government: A Survey of Methods, Resources and Institutional Arrangements

Citation:

Greenblott, J., T. O'Farrell, R. Olson, AND B. Burchard. Strategic Foresight in the Federal Government: A Survey of Methods, Resources and Institutional Arrangements. World Futures Review. SAGE Publications, THOUSAND OAKS, CA, , 25, (2018). https://doi.org/10.1177/1946756718814908

Impact/Purpose:

This work identifies approaches and practices that can be used to improve strategic foresight efforts at EPA and across the Federal government. The results of semi-structured interviews with personnel involved in foresight programs in 19 Federal Agencies and two non-Federal entities are presented. Similar approaches used by agencies as well as divergent approaches are discussed. Insightful quotes from interviewees are also included and "broader observations" regarding the state of foresight efforts across the Federal government are discussed.

Description:

The goal of this study is to help identify approaches and practices for improving Federal foresight efforts and the means for integrating foresight work into strategic planning and decision making. We present the results of semi-structured interviews with people involved with foresight in 19 Federal agencies and two non-Federal experts on foresight in government. We discuss where agencies use similar approaches and where their approaches diverge, and include particularly insightful quotes from interviewees. We also discuss “broader observations” regarding the state of strategic foresight efforts across the Federal government and how our findings relate to opportunities and challenges to institutionalizing foresight in the Federal government.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT ( JOURNAL/ PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Product Published Date: 12/13/2018
Record Last Revised: 02/27/2019
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 343983