Public sector organisations need to consider a range of factors that will affect the way they operate to continue to provide high quality services. A surprising number do not do this, and those that do often fail to act on their findings.

In today’s political and economic climate, it is not enough to respond to events after they happen; you have to pre-empt them. Preparing for every eventuality regarding major issues such as Brexit is an essential skill, and one that teams at all levels need to master.

Book this course for your teams In-House in order to examine the threats – and opportunities – facing your organisation, and identify the best methodology for you to effectively plan for every eventuality.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a thorough understanding of horizon scanning and its uses
  • Examine a range of examples of horizon scanning in practice
  • Discover different approaches and receive tailored advice on implementation
  • Understand a range of tools and techniques to effectively map information
  • Identify future threats and opportunities specific to your organisation and the public sector
  • Develop an action plan to implement the right methodology within your organisation
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

Enquire About In-House Training

To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
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09:45 - 10:00

Trainer's Introduction and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:30

Strategic Planning and Horizon Scanning

  • Appreciate the bigger picture – why do we need to plan ahead?
  • Get to grips with different definitions and theories
  • Learn about different scenarios when horizon scanning is used
10:30 - 11:15

Horizon Scanning in Specific Contexts

  • Understand different approaches and methodologies
  • Consider when different approaches are most useful
  • Apply the benefits of each approach to your organisation
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:15

The Importance of Analysing Trends

  • Discover how analysing trends could benefit your organisation
  • Analyse specific cultural, political and economic trends
  • Forecast which trends will most impact your work and your team’s
12:15 - 13:15


13:15 - 14:15

Workshop: Threats vs. Opportunities

  • Work in groups to identify the potential threats and opportunities
  • Consider the threats facing different organisations and industries
  • Discuss your findings with the Chair and draw conclusions
14:15 - 14:30

Afternoon Break

14:30 - 16:00

Workshop: Applying the Right Approach to Your Organisation

  • Recap the methodologies and tools covered throughout the day
  • Formulate an action plan to implement horizon scanning in your organisation
  • Receive dedicated advice from the Chair on your action plan
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close