Maki* aged 12 from Nigeria on our Search and Rescue boat

Strategic Foresight

Making better decisions

We need a sharp strategy to respond to – and influence – the cross-cutting trends shaping the world for children.

“Foresight allows decision makers to make a more informed and timely assessment of the likely impact of policies against a background of possible future environments. Foresight is not about predicting the future; it is about making better decisions in the present” - Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future

As a global organisation Save the Children is operating in a rapidly changing environment. Whether at the level of political change, or deeper social, economic and environmental transformations that affect children’s wellbeing, the context we work in is permanently changing. 

Our horizon scanning function assesses the opportunities, threats and trends that affect children.

Building on the rich expertise across the Save the Children, this integrated function provides an opportunity to step back and fill strategic gaps that might otherwise be missed to ‘future-proof’ our strategy.

Learning from this work stream feeds into annual reporting to Save the Children’s board, focusing on key global trends likely to impact children or our operations in the decades ahead, and examining the strategic implications and decisions generated by these. It includes drivers that influence our ability to deliver our mission as an organisation and sector, as well as monitoring and forecasting the progress children are making in different regions and for different groups.

Relevant analysis from this future-proofing work stream is widely shared for public debate with the aim of helping shape our wider sector.

Our experts

José Manuel Roche

José Manuel Roche
Chief Reseacher
j.roche@savethechildren.org.uk
@jomroche

José Manuel holds a DPhil from the University of Sussex and has over 20 years of research and consultancy experience in international development, poverty analysis, social inequality, human development and the capability approach.

He is also a research associate at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative research centre at the Department of International Development, the University of Oxford, and a research fellow at the Social Science Research Centre in Venezuela. He is a fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association.

He is published widely, including co-authoring the book Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis, published by the Oxford University Press, and a series of articles in peer-reviewed journals.

José Manuel leads in strategic foresight to ensure our strategy is future-proofed. He is also in charge of devising and implementing an organisational wide strategy for improving quality, visibility, use and impact of our research, evidence and learning.

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