Expert Panels

(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

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