This section is going to include under this broad title publications, handbooks, guides, manuals, presentations, etc., that aim to provide Foresight practitioners, researchers and potential users with some of the available instruments.
Foresight software from Lipsor
Three French institutions, LIPSOR (Laboratoire d'Investigation en Prospective, Stratégie et Organisation), 3IE (Institut d'Innovation Informatique pour l'entreprise) and EPITA (Ecole pour l'Informatique et les Techniques Avancées) and their sponsors offer free access to strategic foresight software developed in the context of their toolbox
Handbook of knowledge society foresight
This Handbook has just been published by the "European Foundation for the improvement of living and working conditions" located in Dublin. In it, foresight is viewed as a policy response to the emergence of the knowledge society. It sets out to examine the definitions behind knowledge society foresight, looking at various approaches and relevant practical and methodological questions. The overall aim is to assess the impact of the knowledge society on living conditions, working conditions and industrial relations.
Country Specific Practical Guides to Regional Foresight (CGRF)
As part of the Research DG's efforts to promote the strategic use of foresight within the Member States and Associate Countries, country specific practical guides to regional foresight have been developed for all current Member States (with the exception of Luxembourg), in the specific language of each country, building upon one of the outcomes of the IHP-STRATA project "FOREN" of the 5th framework programme. In addition, they are currently being developed for some of the new Member States by the IHP-STRATA projects " e-Foresee " and " Foretech ".
Five blueprints for Foresight actions in the regions
An expert group was set up in December 2003 to develop and encourage the use of regional foresight in support of the implementation of EU policy. One of the results was the development of five so called "blueprints". They are practical guidelines to the setting up and planning of foresight. They are manuals or roadmaps, not foresight exercises in themselves. They build upon real problems in real regions, with strong stakeholder involvement.