(source: EFP foresight guide)
Expert panels are one of the most frequently used methods in Foresight. The method aims at eliciting existing expert knowledge. The panels are typically groups of 12-20 individuals who represent different disciplines and who are given 3-18 months to deliberate upon the future of a given topic area, whether it be a technology, an application area, or an economic sector. The methods do not provide direct guidance for the implementation. It provides a flexible framework and other methods like scenarios and participatory facilitation methods are typically used as a part of the process.
How to do it?
- Determine issue to study.
- Select experts and define their roles
- Determine method of engagement: telephone interview, face-to face, meeting, electronic etc.
- Reaching consensus and identifying priorities
- Dissemination of Panel findings
When to use it?
- Gathering relevant information and knowledge
- Synthesising the information gathered
- Stimulating new insights and creative views and providing a vision of future possibilities, as well as creating new networks
- Diffusing the Foresight process and its results to much wider constituencies
- Influencing Foresight in terms of follow-up action