Scotland's Futures Forum A Guide and legacy report for the 2011-2016 parliamentary session
In February 2014, we undertook a one-year-on horizon scan of the project, based on feedback from those who took part in the scenario project and on visible signals from key drivers. Outputs include a toolkit and presentation materials.
The wider purpose of the project, and the scenarios, was to encourage policy makers, influencers and those interested in education, skills and learning to use the project findings and materials to test their own strategic assumptions about the future, foster new debate and contribute towards a cultural shift in our attitudes to learning, education and skills.
The report has been used by Education Scotland on a number of levels and has been taken forward by the Royal Society in setting out their vision of how the UK might achieve inspiring, high-performing STEM led education by 2030.
The Value and Social Benefits of Sport in the Community
In 2011/12, the Forum collaborated with SportScotland to commission a study of existing research to provide an indication of the likely benefits of community sport. Professor Fred Coalter collated research which covered the following policy related areas – Fitness and Physical Health, Mental Health, Young People and Education, Anti-social behaviour and crime, Community cohesion and development and Economic impact.
The report and accompanying papers were taken to the Health and Sport Committee and were designed to support and encourage an informed debate about the potential of sport to contribute to a range of policy areas.
Public Service Workforce Development
Dr Campbell Christie CBE served as a Director of Scotland’s Futures Forum from 2005-2011. The driver for initiating this 2012/13 programme was the Christie Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services in Scotland. This was a programme to help drive partnership arrangements across the public services.
Scotland’s Futures Forum hosted – in conjunction with NHS Education for Scotland and other organisations – a series of seminars, workshops and focus groups. The work culminated in a national “colloquium” where the outputs were handed over in an agreed manner to the Permanent Secretary to be taken forward by Workforce Scotland, Scottish Leadership Foundation.
Outputs and outcomes from our incubated programme include on-going Leadership Exchanges (to provide a platform for cross - sector knowledge sharing), shared practice groups of organisational development and learning professionals (resulting in reduced duplication of resource and costs savings) and a shared partnership vision of Scottish public services being delivered by a highly skilled and engaged workforce based on the model of the Christie Commission.
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services built on and further explored this area in “Imagining the Future - a scenario planning’ project that explores ideas of care, support and social services, in Scotland, in 2025.
The central theme of the 2012/13 wellbeing seminar series was that for complex problems such as population health, multiple deprivation, climate change and loss of biodiversity we need to consider the environment, the economy and society holistically and in an inter-related manner.