Download summary of themes
The 2008 FTA Conference arrived at various conclusions to increase the impacts of FTA activities in policy and decision making, such as:
- Do not think of impacts at the end. Rather, start with the impacts and their larger implications early enough to engage clients and stakeholders in the strategic question of how FTA can improve both their preparedness and ability to move fast when the signals or threats are there.
- Make sure client-policy commitments as well as communication resources are well provided and planned early in the process. This is not something to be discovered along the way.
- Establish explicit expectations and measures to assess performance, understand the depth of engagement and the learning process that can be possible.
- Stay connected to leadership, tacitly if necessary but formally as possible when the opportunity is there.
- Keep the message simple and keep improving through rigorous pursuit of impact and dedication to quality, insights, effective communications and innovation.
- Translating and transferring FTA outputs into policy and decision outcomes is required. What for many has been accepted by many FTA practitioners as ‘post-foresight’, and hence not their responsibility, should now be recognised as integral to the FTA process.
The video of the Closing Session can be viewed by clicking on the following links: