Concept and mission

The RRI Practice project intends to advance European and global awareness of RRI, support its implementation in practice and provide a solid empirical knowledge base on RRI implementation. Accordingly, the main aim of RRI-Practice is to analyse RRI related discourses and pathways to implementation, including barriers and drivers, in 22 research conducting and research funding organisations, in 12 European and non-European countries, in order to identify, understand, disseminate and promote RRI implementation best practices that can be scaled up at European and global levels.

The RRI-Practice project will contribute to the advancement of the governance framework of RRI in a number of ways:

  • RRI-Practice will contribute to the concretisation of the RRI concept by investigating the ways in which both the five RRI policy keys and broader understandings of ‘responsibility’ and RRI are taken up, reconciled to (or not) – and enacted within – current organisational practices and cultures. Comparative analysis of the uptake of practices addressing the 5 EC policy keys, in addition to other understandings of RRI, in specific kinds of organisation will facilitate the scaling up of specific findings to general recommendations for broader implementation. Such knowledge will contribute to the further development and refinement of the concept itself and contribute to strengthening imaginings and practices of RRI ‘on the ground’.
  • RRI-Practice will contribute to furthering the implementation of RRI in practice by understanding barriers to and drivers for successful implementation of RRI thorough conceptual and empirical analysis of discourses and initiatives in 22 research conducting and research funding organisations across 12 countries and, on this basis, developing action oriented plans or ‘Outlooks’ for further strengthening of RRI work in these organisations. Indicators for successful implementation of RRI measures will be central in these action plans.
  • RRI-Practice will use its European and global reach – as reflected in the composition of the consortium – to mainstream RRI in research and policy by uniting and enlarging the RRI community in the participating organisations and countries and promoting best practices for specific kinds of research organisations in different national contexts. Moreover, the work programme of RRI-Practice will facilitate recommendations for the EC based on the project’s findings regarding barriers to and drivers for the operationalisation and implementation of RRI, which in turn, will contribute to the development of more effective and targeted strategies and options for RRI policies.