Futures – The Sigma Scan

February 22, 2009

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HSC SIGMA SCAN

” Welcome to the Sigma Scan. The Horizon Scanning Centre has collected ‘evidence of the future’ from more than 2,000 document sources and interviews with 300 leading thinkers. We’ve condensed this material into 250 short papers designed to challenge assumptions and spark ideas. We’d like to know what you think.”

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Futures – The Horizon Scanning Centre

February 22, 2009

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THE HORIZON SCANNING CENTRE

“Aim and Scope: The Centre’s aims are:

* To inform departmental and cross-departmental decision-making
* To support horizon scanning carried out by others inside government
* To spot the implications of emerging science and technology and enable others to act on them

The three work-streams of the Centre are:

* Producing a broad horizon scan – the Sigma Scan – looking at potential future issues and trends that may have an impact on public policy, to inform Government strategy and policy-making.
* Project work with stakeholders: demand-led opportunities for joint working on specific issues with stakeholders (departments or groups of departments)
* Provision of tools and support to spread good practice in departmental horizon scanning, including coaching, providing advice, brokering agreements and creating synergies that make the best use of resources and facilitate capacity-building.”

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