Participation and Interaction in Foresight
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Participation and Interaction in Foresight

Dialogue, Dissemination and Visions

Edited by Kristian Borch, Sandra Dingli and Michael Søgaard Jørgensen

This illuminating book combines theory and practice to analyse the experiences and impacts of foresight activities in various European countries. It includes case studies with a focus on different societal issues including national development, science and technology, and sustainable development.
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Chapter 8: The dissemination and implementation of results of foresight activities

Sandra M. Dingli


Dissemination and implementation are crucial elements in any foresight exercise without which decision-making and action would remain futile aspirations. How can foresight proposals be planned and designed to include effective communication and implementation strategies? Why are foresight activities relevant for decision-makers? How can this relevance be communicated? Are researchers aware of the decision-making processes their results are intended to influence? How can researchers ensure that their work is effectively communicated to key decision-makers? How can results be communicated so as to ensure that action is taken to implement key recommendations? COST A22 was designed to create four working groups. Working Group 3 was assigned the task of focusing on interactions between researchers, decision-makers and the public. The initial brief for Working Group 3 included the assertion that process is at least as important as product.

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