Objectives

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.

1

To develop an analytic framework for analysing organisations’ operationalisation of responsibility and RRI, and associated barriers and drivers, allowing for the design of well-targeted RRI objectives, measures and indicators.

Main outcome: Analytic framework

RRI-Practice will develop an analytic framework based on the literature of organisational institutionalism, which will be used to analyse and review the RRI practices of the organisations included and to develop systematic ‘RRI Outlooks’. The notion of an RRI Outlook is similar to the EC’s notion of ‘RRI roadmap and implementation plan’, but with more flexible connotations regarding the framing of RRI and the process of reaching RRI related goals. Developing and applying such a framework will allow us to systematically compare and analyse the different participating organisations in order to generate knowledge of best practices in different kinds of organisations and national contexts.

2

To conduct 12 national case studies, containing in total 22 organisational RRI reviews and Outlooks, as well as an internal RRI report for the project.

Main outcome: The completion of 23 RRI reports

A detailed study of 22 organisations (higher education organisations, research institutes, research funding and research policy institutions) will help us to understand the challenges and best practices shaping the research and innovation landscape in Europe and globally. The results will be presented in 22 organisational RRI reviews and an additional internal RRI review for the RRI-Practice project.

3

To analyse and compare barriers to and drivers for successful implementation of RRI for each of the EC RRI policy keys, as well as on other interpretations of RRI provided by the organisations studied.

Main outcome: Report with the systematic comparison of the results from the case studies

Collating the information from all the organisational reviews and Outlooks and analysing the barriers and drivers that are common for most organisations, RRI-Practice will examine how different factors help or hinder the uptake and traction of RRI. Based on this analysis, appropriate actions will be proposed to target the crucial, underlying dimensions relevant for the successful implementation of RRI. While this is a major theoretical and empirical undertaking, it is realistic given the high calibre of the project partners and their access to national research conducting and funding organisations, as well as to policy decision-making processes. The analytic framework developed in objective 1 will be a key tool for such systematic analysis and comparison.

4

To identify, disseminate and promote RRI implementation best practices that can be scaled up at European and global levels.

Main outcome: Development of a roadmap for strengthening RRI in the EU and internationally

In RRI-Practice, the term “best practice” relates to those (elements of) RRI practices that are recognised as such by the organisations themselves and by peers (other research organisations and funding organisations). Such practices will be identified and shared in order to support mutual learning and RRI uptake. Identification of best practices will be the result of assessments of the pros and cons of existing RRI implementation efforts based on the project’s analytic framework. The identified best practices will be communicated in the form of policy recommendations. The recommendations to the EC will take the shape of a roadmap for further developing and implementing actions on the five EC RRI keys and other identified important RRI dimensions. This will amount to advice for RRI programmes adapted to the different contexts of European and non-European research conducting and research funding organisations, sensitive to a more plural and diverse understanding of responsibility in research and innovation. Furthermore, a practical handbook will provide guidance directly to research conducting and research funding organisations wishing to systematically strengthen their RRI related work.

The project has an ambitious communication plan for increasing the outreach of the identified best practices, which includes several learning oriented dialogue processes.