Strategic watch is the detection of weak signals and roots for change and heavy transformations. It is based on the collection, analysis and dissemination of relevant and reliable information essential for decision making. It represents a competitive advantage for institutions that practice it.
Strategic Watch is one of the IRES’ essential missions. It is especially concerned with collecting and processing information and data made public in the political, economic and social fields, whether nationally or internationally.
The Strategic Watch System developed by IRES has required:
- Development of a foresight competency necessary for the lighting of public action in the long term;
- Identification and treatment through a systemic approach of 10 Areas of Strategic Watch (ASW) covering all the country’s major issues;
- Construction of a Foresight Information System (FIS).
The approach adopted in building the Strategic Watch System is based on:
- Diagnosis of the situation and compounding factors for each system or sub-system constituting the ASW, with the identification of relevant strategic indicators;
- Strategic foresight to assess potential risks and opportunities that arise in the medium and long term;
- Operational foresight aimed to identify possible and lasting solutions for structural problems arising immediately or in the short term.