Foresight Knowledge Assessment

Int. J. Foresight and Innovation Policy, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.53–75.

23 Pages Posted: 13 May 2014

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Rene Von Schomberg

European Commission-DG Research and Innovation

Silvio Funtowicz

Joint Research Centre - Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen

Date Written: march 13, 2007

Abstract

This paper offers an approach to assess the quality of foresight knowledge deployed or generated during foresight exercises. Although 'foresight knowledge' is a special case, the idea of having a procedure, an approach or a method available for assessing the quality of knowledge is tempting: Foresight knowledge consists of various sources such as different scientific disciplines, normative visions on the future, planning and scenarios. It also receives input from different sectors of society, such as industry, academia and civil society. How can we then assess the quality of knowledge inputs from such diverse sources and its implication for foresight exercises? This paper is an attempt to address this subject matter. Foresight knowledge and quality assurance is illustrated on issues of sustainable development.

Keywords: foresight, research policy, technology assessment, sustainable development

JEL Classification: Q33

Suggested Citation

Von Schomberg, Rene and Funtowicz, Silvio, Foresight Knowledge Assessment (march 13, 2007). Int. J. Foresight and Innovation Policy, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.53–75.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2436390

Rene Von Schomberg (Contact Author)

European Commission-DG Research and Innovation ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://renevonschomberg.wordpress.com

Silvio Funtowicz

Joint Research Centre - Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen ( email )

Via E. Fermi 1
I-21020 Ispra (VA)
Italy

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