Futures toolkit for policy-makers and analysts

The Futures Toolkit provides a set of tools and techniques to help government officials use long-term strategic thinking in policy making.


The Futures Toolkit provides a set of tools to help embed long-term strategic thinking within the policy process, and explains how to ensure they have real impact. It is intended for policy officials and analysts across government.

The toolkit brings together the best ideas and suggestions for ways to approach futures thinking. Experts across government, academia, industry, and third sector in the UK and internationally have contributed and provided insight for it. The Horizon Scanning Programme team, a joint Cabinet Office and Government Office for Science initiative, produced it.

This is a beta version of the toolkit: we are continuing to test and improve it. The Horizon Scanning Programme team will regularly review and update it to ensure it continues to meet the needs of policy-makers and reflects leading-edge futures techniques.