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The futures Map and its quality criteria

: Kuusi, Osmo; Cuhls, Kerstin; Steinmüller, Karlheinz

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European Journal of Futures Research 3 (2015), Nr.1, Art. 22, 14 S.
ISSN: 2195-4194 (Print)
ISSN: 2195-2248 (Online)
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer ISI ()
futures research; science; quality criteria; validity; futures map; mapping; method

The article discusses quality criteria for futures research in the frame of so-called "Futures Map". This article is the edited and developed version of the article (Futura 1: 60-77, 2015). Based on the comments concerning (Futura 1: 60-77, 2015), we have developed the Futures Map frame and its validity criteria further. The new edition of the article is more focused on two basic questions. What is the relationship between the Futures Map approach and various scenario approaches? What are the common and different features of the quality criteria suggested in the Futures Map frame and other suggested quality criteria? The comparison is especially focused on the quality criteria defined by the German Netzwerk Zukunftsforschung. We suggest that it is reasonable to handle quality criteria on three basic levels: the philosophical basis; pragmatic general quality criteria; and special quality criteria suitable for specific contexts/uses. The prospects of futures research as a field of science depend first of all on their research methods. The article briefly discusses the choice of research methods as well as the evaluation of particular applications of methods in practical research projects.