The project 'Foresight Lab' aims to develop an integrated mechanism to enhance 'adaptive capacity' of sectors and occupations through the structured and systematic monitoring of key parameters affecting micro and small businesses regarding economic, institutional, socio-political and technological environment into the foreseeable future (e.g. 5 years).
TIMESPAN: In what year did the initiative commence?
PERSPECTIVE: is the initiative based on evidence derived from skill forecasts or foresight activities?
The major outputs of the project include a sound and robust methodological mechanism combining a wide array of foresight techniques, including in-depth sectoral studies, focus groups, expert panels, skills-focused analysis and roadmapping.
To which POLICY AREAS(s) does the initiative apply?
The Action contributes to the enabling of strategic business decisions at sector level through the delivery of 20 Road Maps.
Who are the intended beneficiaries?
The Action's beneficiaries are the micro and small enterprises whose forward-looking capacity and adaptability will be critically supported through the operation of the Foresight Lab.
SUCCESS FACTORS in the implementation
The initiative is still ongoing. Its strenth lies at the wide array of foresight techniques used and the concrete outputs in terms of Road Maps, training material, occupational monographs and certification schemes.
BARRIERS in the implementation
Difficulties in meeting the scheduled timeplan of the Action.
Monitoring and evaluation
MONITORING and EVALUATION: Is progress measured regularly? What are the indicators used to measure progress of the policy instrument? Have any evaluations been conducted?
As a co-funded action, this initiative is subject to Evaluation and Audit in the project lifetime.
UPDATES: whether there have been any major updates of the initiative since it has been implemented?
EVIDENCE ON EFFECTIVENESS: How effective is the policy instrument?
The Action invokes a participative research protocol encompassing the active involvement of professionals and sectoral experts who will be co-producers of the 20 occupational Road Maps. The concreteness of the deliverables in what regards the inputs to NQF, the design of training curricula, the new certification schemes and the Road Maps, demonstrates a good level of effectiveness.
SUSTAINABILITY: How sustainable is the policy instrument? Do you expect the instrument to continue over the next few years and why?
The integration of skills foresight with the analysis of business environment is the key for the Action's sustainability in the future. The Foresight Lab aims to provide structured, multi-fold and in-depth analysis for selected occupations, and thus the infrastructure for future analyses on other occupational categories.