Journal of Futures Studies

Public sector horizon scanning – stocktake of the Australasian Joint Agencies Scanning Network*

by Kate Delaney&Louise Osborne

ABSTRACT

Horizon scanning is not new, nor is its use in the public sector. In this article we report  and reflect on our experience in the Australasian Joint Agencies Scanning Network (AJASN),  a horizon scanning group started in 2005 with the support of four Australian Commonwealth  government agencies that in 2012 has a membership of over twenty agencies from Australia  and New Zealand. A survey of members past and present in 2012 highlights the importance  of leadership, timing and processes in adopting horizon scanning into decision making and  planning. The paper places the lessons learnt in context with the broader literature.

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ISSN 1027-6084