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Government's mandate for horizon scanning
- Horizon Scanning Centre
The Office of Science and Innovation has established a Horizon Scanning Centre within its Foresight Directorate.
The Centre's aims are:
- To inform departmental and cross-departmental decision-making;
- To support horizon scanning carried out by others inside and outside government;
- To spot the implications of emerging science and technology and enable others to act on them.
- Guidelines on Scientific Analysis in Policy Making
mandated Government departments and agencies to:
- think ahead and identify early the issues on which they need scientific advice and early public engagement, and where the current evidence base is weak and should be strengthened
- get a wide range of advice from the best sources, particularly when there is uncertainty
- publish the evidence and analysis and all relevant papers.
- Review of Cross-Government Horizon Scanning
In 2012, in response to the Civil Service Reform Plan, the Cabinet Office published a review of cross-government horizon scanning. The review was carried out by Jon Day, Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, and made a number of recommendations to improve horizon scanning, including the setting up of a Cabinet Secretary Advisory Group and a Horizon Scanning Oversight Group.
Government websites with further horizon scanning information
- Foresight projects
Part of the UK Government Office for Science within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Foresight uses the latest scientific and other evidence combined with futures analysis to tackle complex issues and help policy-makers make decisions affecting our future.
- Environment and food issues
Horizon scanning and futures services for the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its agencies are provided by Cranfield University.
- European Risk Observatory
The aim of EU-OSHA's Risk Observatory (ERO) is to identify new and emerging risks in occupational safety and health in order to improve the timeliness and effectiveness of preventive measures. To achieve this, the ERO provides an overview of safety and health at work in Europe, describes the trends and underlying factors and anticipates changes to work and their likely impact on occupation al health and safety.