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Monitoring Emerging Issues: A Proposed Approach and Initial Test

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Hines, Andy ; Baldwin, Bes P.; Bengston, David N.; Crabtree, Jason ; Christensen, Keri ; Frankowski, Nina ; Schlehuber, Laura ; Westphal, Lynne M.; Young, Lena

Year Published

2021

Publication

World Futures Review

Abstract

The increasing complexity and uncertainty of the future may stimulate demand formoremonitoring emerging issues. Futurists have long advocated for monitoring the future on an ongoing basis or for tracking the findings of project work in practice. However, clients have historically been reluctant to invest time and money in monitoring, and little practical guidance is available on how to set up a monitoring. This article describes a pilot monitoring capability that is simple and practical to implement. It was developed as a "plug-in" to supplement an ongoing horizon scanning system. The monitoring system tracks the movement of emerging issues that were identified by horizon scanning. It provides a means to keep policy-makers informed about the progress of emerging issues and provides advance warning to develop an appropriate strategic response.

Keywords

Foresight; emerging issues; horizon scanning; monitoring

Citation

Hines, Andy; Baldwin, Bes P.; Bengston, David N.; Crabtree, Jason; Christensen, Keri; Frankowski, Nina; Schlehuber, Laura; Westphal, Lynne M.; Young, Lena. 2021. Monitoring Emerging Issues: A Proposed Approach and Initial Test. World Futures Review. 13(3-4): 195-213. https://doi.org/10.1177/19467567211027350.

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