Future planning has long been indispensable in policy fields where long-term spending decisions need to be future proof. Defence procurement, pension systems, energy generation, and environmental protection are all such areas and they require policy officials who can effectively plan-ahead and forecast future developments to enable better decision making.
This module will develop your skills in policy planning, strategy, forward-studies and horizon-scanning and will focus on socio-political and foreign policy issues. You will learn how to improve the accuracy of probabilistic forecasts, whether they are done by individuals, groups or organisations. You will also develop an understanding of the major challenges related to foresight; an area where expert knowledge is faced with the challenges of uncertainty, complexity and political utility, but where more accurate forecasts can improve prevention, preparedness, resilience and performance.
The module harnesses insights from the growing institutionalisation and professionalisation of work within government, business and NGOs. You will also gain key insights from leading academic research in this area.
- Module no. 7SSO1014