“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.