Our Work

The Strategic Foresight Unit exists to increase the use and impactfulness of strategic foresight in OECD policy expertise and  policy making by governments. Established in 2013 by the OECD Secretary General, the OECD Strategic Foresight unit is the successor to the International Futures Programme.

What we do

The Strategic Foresight Unit works with many different governments and organisations facing many different strategic challenges. Our work involves supporting OECD directorates and committees as well as governments and other organisations in preparing for the future.

Enhancing the OECD’s work

We contribute futures thinking to OECD projects and analysis by:

  • Expanding thinking on emerging and disruptive develpments of relevance for given policy topics
  • Providing intervention design and facilitation, including workshops during OECD projects
  • Delivering training and guidance on how to incorporate foresight into policy work
  • Convening internal communities of interest to exchange futures insight

Supporting Governments

We help governments to build foresight capacity in numerous ways, including by:

  • Providing advice and guidance on national foresight systems
  • Supporting the design and facilitation of foresight interventions
  • Producing of high-quality global foresight for use in policy processes
  • Convening the Government Foresight Community, an international network of expertise