Future Preparedness Index: Innovative Project of the Valdai Discussion Club and VTsIOM

"Future Preparedness Index" is a joint project of the Valdai Discussion Club and VTsIOM, designed not to analyze the current state of affairs but the future, and this is its uniqueness and innovation, Valery Fedorov, Director General of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM), said in an interview to www.valdaiclub.com after the expert discussion "The State in the Middle of the 21st Century: What are the Strengths?", which was held on January 13 in the framework of the Gaidar Forum.

The project's objective is the analysis of countries' preparedness to meet the challenges of tomorrow, their roles in the scenarios of the future, their competitiveness across a range of economic and political criteria, development of industries and social infrastructure, an analysis of Russia's place in the ranking of world powers.

To date, the "Future Preparedness Index" is under development. "We identified a list of options - they are ten. We realized what would be in each of them. Now we have to work out in detail the construction of each of these parameters and describe the contours of the future: how we see it," said Valery Fedorov.

The next step will be an expert panel, then - the ratings, processing of results and presentation of the Index to the public. "The preliminary results are planned to be presented at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum in June this year, or a little later," Fedorov said.

In the framework of 13th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club, which was held in late October in Sochi, the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) and the Valdai Club presented the "Future Preparedness Index" joint project.

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