Knowledge Compendium

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Foresighting Project and Strategic Knowledge Needs

The Fore­sight­ing Project was under­taken in order to advise the devel­op­ment of the High­ways Agency’s four year Research Strat­egy. The aim of the work was to iden­tify, as far as pos­si­ble, the Agency’s Strate­gic Knowl­edge Needs over the next 10–15 years.

The Fore­sight­ing Project results and rec­om­men­da­tions form the research strat­egy have been used to define the 2 year out­come related Port­fo­lios in the HA’s 2010-12 Knowl­edge Pro­gramme.

The Fore­sight­ing Project was struc­tured around the fol­low­ing seven work streams which con­sid­ered dif­fer­ent aspects of HA’s inter­nal and exter­nal environment:

Strate­gic Knowl­edge Needs 1 - Exter­nal scan­ning study

This paper pro­vides an overview of the rel­e­vant research from indus­try, acad­e­mia as well as other trans­port oper­a­tors in the UK and overseas.

Strate­gic Knowl­edge Needs 2 - Research collaborations

This paper pro­vides a sum­mary of cur­rent High­ways Agency research col­lab­o­ra­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions for future col­lab­o­ra­tive research.

Strate­gic Knowl­edge Needs 3 - HA Direc­torates’ research needs

This paper pro­vides results of inter­nal con­sul­ta­tion on the known research needs of HA Direc­torates over the next 10–15 years.

Strate­gic Knowl­edge Needs 4 — Objec­tives from HA Busi­ness Strat­egy and Planning

This paper pro­vides a sum­mary of HA goals and busi­ness objec­tives that need to feed into the HA research strat­egy and rec­om­men­da­tions for ensur­ing that the research strat­egy devel­ops in line with future busi­ness strat­egy and planning.

Strate­gic Knowl­edge Needs 5 - Objec­tives from DfT and wider Gov­ern­ment Policy

This paper pro­vides review of cur­rent DfT and wider Gov­ern­ment pol­icy that needs to feed into the HA research strat­egy and con­sul­ta­tion with DfT stake­hold­ers to ensure that the research strat­egy devel­ops in line with rel­e­vant stud­ies and ini­tia­tives (e.g. DaSTS).

Strate­gic Knowl­edge Needs 6 - Fore­sight­ing review

This paper pro­vides review of pre­vi­ous rel­e­vant fore­sight­ing / vision­ing / strate­gic research plan­ning under­taken by HA teams and rec­om­men­da­tions for fore­sight­ing / scenario-based plan­ning workshop(s) to be under­taken at strate­gic level.

Strate­gic Knowl­edge Needs 7– Sce­nar­ios for HA research planning

This paper pro­vides a review of vision­ing and fore­cast sce­nar­ios from pub­lished guid­ance (e.g. Office of Sci­ence and Technology’s Intel­li­gent Infra­struc­ture Futures, DfT’s Devel­op­ing a Sus­tain­able Trans­port Sys­tem) and devel­op­ment of rec­om­mended sce­nar­ios for use by HA for research planning.

An overview of the find­ings is pre­sented in the Strate­gic Knowl­edge Needs Sum­mary Report  (please see below).

A num­ber of detailed work­ing papers were pro­duced in sup­port of the work streams.  These are in the process of being updated to take account of devel­op­ments since the Fore­sight Project was com­pleted and will there­fore not be made pub­li­cally available.


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