Study Techniques

Successful foresight projects are designed to suit specific circumstances and objectives. Many techniques are used within foresight studies for consulting experts, gathering information and generating innovative ideas. No single technique alone can lead to a successful foresight project. Many techniques must be carefully integrated into a coherent overall foresight project design. Techniques commonly used in foresight studies include:


All these techniques are used in other types of planning as well. However, these techniques may be used differently in foresight studies. For example, “best-case”, “worst-case” or “business-as-usual” scenarios are of very limited value to foresight projects as the emphasis is on alternative scenarios that are all plausible but which highlight different sets of issues.