The OECD International Futures Programme (IFP) launched its project on "Families to 2030" in December 2009. Its aim was to identify and examine trends in household and family structures over the next two decades and to explore the implications of those trends
for key policy areas. This was by nature an experimental project, since very little international work had been conducted at the time on the theme of the future of families. It was an opportunity to apply foresight tools to a new, relatively unexplored subject area.