In March 2009, the RAND Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition hosted a workshop called "Shaping Tomorrow Today: Near-Term Steps Towards Long-Term Goals." The workshop gave policymakers and analysts an opportunity to explore new methods and tools that can help improve long-term decisionmaking. The intent was to conduct this exploration collaboratively, drawing from many countries a mixed group of tool builders, analysts, planners, decisionmakers and interested lay observers. Their task was to consider how analysts and policymakers can determine when it is important to make long-term (as opposed to short-term) decisions, how to make better long-term decisions, and how best to support policymakers in thinking long term, using as case studies the areas of education, international policy, and climate change. These conference proceedings summarize the main discussions and presentations that took place during the two days of the workshop and include the papers written for workshop participants. Lant Pritchett examines long-term challenges in education in the developing world. Gregory Treverton examines priority long-term decisions facing U.S. foreign policy. Robert Lempert addresses how long-term thinking might affect the debate over near-term climate policy. Appended is the Workshop Agenda.


Pritchett, Lant. Long Term Challenges in Education: Are There Feasible Steps Today? Shaping Tomorrow Today: Near-Term Steps Towards Long-Term Goals. Ed. Lempert, Robert J., Steven W. Popper, Endy Y. Min, and James A. Dewar. Rand Corporation, 2009.