Emerging issues analysis

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Emerging issues analysis (sometimes capitalized as Emerging Issues Analysis, and abbreviated as EIA) is a term used in futures studies and strategic planning, to describe the process of identifying and studying issues that have not been influential or important in the past, but that might be influential in the future.[1][2][3][4] Since the issues identified in EIA are new, we cannot rely on their history to predict how they will influence the future. This distinguishes EIA from trend analysis. Trend analysis is used for issues where we have historical data that can be used to identify a trend, that can then be extrapolated to the future.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Dator, Jim (July 2009). "Trend Analysis vs Emerging Issues Analysis" (PDF). Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "Glossary of futures studies terms". Audience Dialogue. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  3. ^ Inayatullah, Sohail. "Six pillars: futures thinking for transforming" (PDF). Foresight. doi:10.1108/14636680810855991. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-06-21.
  4. ^ Lang, Trudi. "An Overview of Four Futures Methodologies" (PDF). Retrieved June 28, 2014.[permanent dead link]