To inform the work of our partners and reveal new insights on entrenched challenges, Foresight employs a diversity of research techniques.
Design Research produces qualitative information on the needs and behaviors of target users, gathered through observations and interviews; with the goal of informing better design and function of services, processes, and products to satisfy the users' needs.
Landscape Reviews examine the current state of shifting or emerging concepts, from the smart grid to urban governance, to identify conceptual frameworks and the future forces of change, through academic literature reviews, detailed case studies, and interviews with thought leaders.
To enhance our partners’ ability to visualize, communicate, build consensus around and act on complex challenges, Foresight offers a range of design services.
Experience Design creates more meaningful, productive, and positive interactions through meeting design and facilitation, with the goal of strengthening relationships and fostering collaboration, across sectors and disciplines, to drive impact at the scale of the problem.
Communication Design informs and inspires stakeholders through clear and consistent branding, educational materials, and other marketing and outreach strategies.
To refocus our partners’ effort and resources on key interventions that will lead to bigger, better, and faster impact, Foresight offers strategy consulting.
Systems Analysis identifies the key elements of system, including the significant players, drivers, relationships, strategies, and barriers, with the objective of revealing new insights and opportunities to intervene in the system and leverage greater change.
Service & Program Design improves efficiency, satisfaction, and impact of services and processes.
Organization & Mission Design begins with an understanding of the needs and opportunities around specific issues to inform a more effective organizational response.
To measure the success and impact of our partner’s efforts over time, Foresight leverages a range of evaluation methodologies.
Impact Evaluation assesses the impact of a given intervention to determine whether it's achieving its intended outcomes.
Program Evaluation, particularly emerging forms such as Developmental Evaluation, seek to incorporate complexity and are more responsive to iterative and innovative change processes with indeterminate outcomes.