TRACK Responsible Research and Innovation
S31: Understanding, monitoring, evaluating and assessing the impacts of RRI
Elisabeth FRANKUS, Erich GRIESSLER, Magdalena Wicher (IHS - Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna), Austria; Richard WOOLLEY (INGENIO), Spain
Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is an increasingly important concept within the European science and innovation landscape. This is despite the continuing lack of a commonly accepted frame and definition of RRI and the diverse understandings of its content and technical details that circulate.
As the concept itself remains vague and ambiguous, this makes it even more difficult to evaluate and monitor RRI practices, their implementation, practical implications and impacts. Significant effort is made to define evaluation and monitoring criteria for assessing the impacts of RRI interventions and the impacts of the change in the R&I system. A variety of approaches seem relevant and potentially rewarding: formative evaluation frameworks, summative evaluation frameworks, process evaluations, impact assessments and definition of impact criteria, and so forth.
Speakers are welcome to give a short presentation and then - according to the diversity of contributions – get into an interactive format with the plenary to exchange knowledge and experiences.
KEYWORDS: RRI, impact assessment, evaluation, monitoring, reconfiguring impacts of science
S32: Innovative support structures for the implementation of RRI in practice
Sandra KARNER, (IFZ - Interuniversity Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture), Magdalena WICHER (IHS), Austria
According to the European Commission , “Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) implies that societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organizations, etc.) work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society.” This claim demands for tailored engagement processes, which lead at its best to co-creation processes. The design and practical implementation of such processes, which are supposed to include “the widest possible diversity of actors that would not normally interact with each other”, is not always an easy task and involves various challenges. On the one hand, it needs additional resources by means of sufficient funds and time, for both, researchers and non-research actors, and on the other hand it also needs appropriate competencies and skills.
The actors engaging with each other in an RRI activity are not necessarily RRI experts from the beginning and they need to build capacity over time. Thus, advice and support by third parties could be helpful and increase the uptake of RRI in practice, and therefore lead to a structured process. Such support structures could offer their RRI expertise and consult or even guide the multi-actor group throughout the process, or they could offer trainings.
The session wants to use an open, alternative format for discussion, which will be adapted and planned according to the contributions.