“OPS2030 is currently under development and will be published during 2021. In the meantime the OPS Networks and Action Teams will continue their existing work programmes, so keep an eye on the website for all our latest news. Please contact the PMO office if you have any queries at reformoffice@per.gov.ie

Publication of Report: Towards a Strategic Foresight System in Ireland

Action 8: Build strategic planning capability

Published today (14 May): Towards a Strategic Foresight System in Ireland

Strategic foresight is the ability of an organisation to make sense, and act upon, different ideas of the future emerging into the present. Strategic foresight is used to strengthen policy–making in the following ways:

  • Identify the early signs of oncoming disruptive change
  • Reframe and broaden the scope of what is considered relevant in policy making
  • Stress test plans and strategies against potential disruptions

The OPS team has been working with the OECD to consider how strategic foresight could be used to reflect on what the world might look like in 2030, the challenges and opportunities to be faced and to consider the capabilities that are needed as a public service to effectively navigate this new world.

Ireland will be working with the OECD, with the support of the European Commission Technical Support Initiative, to develop a project to ‘Strengthen Policy Making and Foresight in the Irish Public Service’. This work will be undertaken over a period of 18 months from September 2021. If you have any queries, please contact reformoffice@per.gov.ie.