Horizon Scanning Centre

The Horizon Scanning Centre was set up as a centre of excellence for strategic futures thinking to encourage longer term thinking and evidence-based analysis throughout government.

Our goal is to support the use of evidence-based futures thinking in developing more innovative government strategies and policies which are resilient to future challenges.

The centre works with departments to help them improve their futures capability. At a time of substantial public service reform, futures thinking has a critical role to play in helping to ensure that wider perspectives are identified, traditional assumptions challenged and new possibilities explored.


We do short projects, looking at specific issues 10 to 15 years in the future.

See our reports


We offer training in futures tools that help people apply futures thinking in strategy and policy development.

Find out about training on Civil Service Learning

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