WELCOME to the Australasian Joint Agencies Scanning Network (AJASN) database.
The AJASN is a group of government agencies from Australia and New Zealand that shares a horizon scanning service supported by Delaney Foresight. The AJASN prepares joint quarterly and annual horizon scanning reports. Horizon scanning is 'the systematic examination of potential threats, opportunities, and likely future developments which are at the margins of current thinking and planning. Horizon scanning may explore novel and unexpected issues, as well as persistent problems or trends' (DEFRA 2002).
The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, and Research (2010) describes an emerging interest in foresighting activities to provide evidence-based scientific recommendations. The Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council believes these can be used by government in decision-making, leading to long-term improvements in the productivity, security and sustainability of Australia.
Horizon scanning is sometimes called environmental scanning. 'Environment' refers to the information 'environment' - all media and personal communications - and 'scanning' to the logically structured, iterative identification and monitoring of selected information sources (W Schultz 2006).
Structured horizon scanning processes help organisations distinguish and combine short-term, medium-range and long-term information that they need to take into account. Scanning provides early warning about important changes and helps detect 'weak signals' that indicate plans might be unworkable and might need to be amended.
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