Classification of Foresight Methods


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There is no one single way to classify methods. Common distinctions are:

Important concepts that can be used to characterise methods include:

These characteristics can be combined within a method in various ways so, for example, a scenario method can heavily rely on expertise and use this in a creative and interactive way. On the other hand a Delphi survey could involve thousands of people without being interactive.

graphic showing a possible grouping of Foresight methods

The graphic shows a possible grouping of Foresight methods. The shape inside the circle shows how often each method has been used within a set of exercises collected and analysed by the EFMN (European Foresight monitoring Network)

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