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On concepts and methods in horizon scanning: lessons from initiating policy dialogues on emerging issues


Amanatidou, Effie; Butter, Maurits; Carabias, Vicente; Könnölä, Totti; Leis, Miriam; Saritas, Ozcan; Schaper-Rinkel, Petra; van Rij, Victor (2012). On concepts and methods in horizon scanning: lessons from initiating policy dialogues on emerging issues. Science and Public Policy, 39(2):208-221.

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Future-oriented technology analysis methods can play a significant role in enabling early warning signal detection and pro-active policy action which will help to better prepare policy- and decision-makers in today's complex and inter-dependent environments. This paper analyses the use of different horizon scanning approaches and methods as applied in the Scanning for Emerging Science and Technology Issues project. A comparative analysis is provided as well as a brief evaluation the needs of policy-makers if they are to identify areas in which policy needs to be formulated. This paper suggests that the selection of the best scanning approaches and methods is subject to contextual and content issues. At the same time, there are certain issues which characterise horizon scanning processes, methods and results that should be kept in mind by both practitioners and policy-makers

Abstract

Future-oriented technology analysis methods can play a significant role in enabling early warning signal detection and pro-active policy action which will help to better prepare policy- and decision-makers in today's complex and inter-dependent environments. This paper analyses the use of different horizon scanning approaches and methods as applied in the Scanning for Emerging Science and Technology Issues project. A comparative analysis is provided as well as a brief evaluation the needs of policy-makers if they are to identify areas in which policy needs to be formulated. This paper suggests that the selection of the best scanning approaches and methods is subject to contextual and content issues. At the same time, there are certain issues which characterise horizon scanning processes, methods and results that should be kept in mind by both practitioners and policy-makers

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Geography, Planning and Development
Social Sciences & Humanities > Public Administration
Physical Sciences > Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Language:English
Date:1 March 2012
Deposited On:16 Oct 2018 15:57
Last Modified:15 Apr 2021 14:47
Publisher:Beech Tree Publishing
ISSN:0302-3427
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/scipol/scs017

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