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The FOR-RIS Blueprint, Experiences and ideas for developing foresight in a regional innovation strategy context (RIS/RITTS)

Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV


In 2003 DG Research established an expert group on regional foresight. Five working groups were created to prepare "blueprints" for how to initiate foresight actions in European regions. The blueprints are meant to be concrete descriptions (or roadmaps) of foresight actions related to a clearly identified and concrete regional need. Each working group has prepared a blueprint structured around a specific regional policy issue. The present blueprint, produced by the "FOR-RIS Group" is intended for application of foresight in a context of RIS/RITTS1 projects conducted in a large number of European regions. Under such conditions, foresight may build upon the results of a completed RIS/RITTS exercise, or it can be conducted in parallel with a RIS/RITTS project. Although there is no universal recipe setting out "how to conduct regional foresight", the FOR-RIS blueprint is designed to help regional policy-makers to initiate, organise and conduct an exercise and show its role in improving policy design and implementation for enhancing regional competitiveness and social cohesion in a knowledge-based economy. The initial stages of a foresight exercise are emphasised in the blueprint, i.e. it focuses in particular on the key question of "how to get foresight started". For better understanding, the text is accompanied by "boxes" and an annex providing concrete relevant examples from regions that participated in preparation of the blueprint.

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