The SDG-Foresight project for the Thailand SRI Strategic Plan

From March to June 2020, SDG Move undertook policy-focused research for Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI), an organization under the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation. It was the analysis of data and the design of future scenarios to support the science research and innovation plan. TSRI wants this development plan to be the catalyst of change that would steer Thailand to progress more sustainably and inclusively along the line of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The research was conducted at two levels, namely national and regional level. Foresight (i.e. Horizon Scanning and Delphi) was used as the research methodology. Data collection was conducted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the national level, the SDG Move research team did the horizon scanning by reviewing secondary data related to all SDGs from national and international data source, as well as scanning social signals appearing in social medias and news. Then 60 experts were selected and asked to do adapted Delphi surveys. The surveys were conducted two rounds. The first round was to verify the critical sustainability issues found from the Horizon Scanning. The second round was to prioritize the issues, using two main criteria namely the level of importance and the level of policy readiness.

Moreover, SDG Move also worked with 6 regional teams, using the same methodology, to obtain each region’s crucial sustainability challenges, as well as to assess knowledge stock and gap for these challenges. The findings were used as inputs for TSRI strategic plan for budget year 2021.

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