Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SUPER_MoRRI (Scientific Understanding and Provision of an Enhanced and Robust Monitoring system for RRI)
Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2020-03-31
In order for the aspirations of RRI to be realised, robust tools must be developed for R&I policy and practice. The MoRRI project (2014-2018) conceptualised and implemented the first RRI monitoring system in Europe. The SUPER_MoRRI project builds upon and continues the work of MoRRI, ensuring sustained data collection, curation, further assessment and refinement of the MoRRI indicators. EU-28(-27) data will be complemented by monitoring data from selected non-EU countries. Furthermore, SUPER_MoRRI will go well beyond the technical efforts of MoRRI and develop a more complete scientific understanding of the complex and diverse relationships between RRI policies and practices and their societal, democratic, economic and scientific benefits. These theoretical advances together with the continuous data stream into the project form the basis of the iterative learning processes needed to create a mature monitoring system with indicators and metrics that are robust, realistic, in themselves responsible, and easy to implement.
To meet these ambitious research challenges, the original scientific partners of MoRRI have included complementary RRI expertise to form the truly interdisciplinary SUPER_MoRRI consortium. In line with the concept of RRI itself, our learning processes will also be enhanced by participatory co-creation practices with stakeholders. Last, but not least, the project includes a series of measures to facilitate dissemination and uptake of the mature monitoring systems for a range of uses, including benchmarking on national and regional levels and self-assessment opportunities for RPOs and RFOs. Specifically, we will provide an easy-to-use and easy-to-customize online dashboard system that will serve a variety of uses and end-users.
The first 15 months of SUPER MoRRI were primarily characterised by three processes and developments: (1) project establishment, (2) foundational and strategic work and (3) network development:
1. Establishing the project: Setting up effective and efficient routines for information exchange, coordination and collaboration between the partners was one of the main activities during the first months after the start of the project. This initial process was completed rather quickly because the consortium could draw on well-functioning working relationships from the MoRRI project and other (European) projects that were conducted jointly. An additional supportive factor in this regard was that all partners are highly experienced in participating in European research projects supported by the Framework Programmes, thereby facilitating the process of quickly integrating also those partners in the consortium that were not involved in the MoRRI project.
2. Foundational and strategic work: The key objectives that the SUPER MoRRI project is addressing are extremely challenging both scientifically as well as with regard to the potential implications of the project’s results. Scientifically, because the measurement of scientific, economic, societal and political impacts of policies and measures aimed at increasing responsible practices in European research and innovation activities requires the thorough revision of existing and the development of novel conceptual approaches to monitoring and indicators. To this end, existing indicators and previous experiences with data collection were critically examined and put on the test bed, and important conceptual foundations for the development of the RRI monitoring framework were developed. As any indicator system is performative and likely to generate unintended effects, the SUPER MoRRI consortium is particularly committed to responsible conduct in the process of developing the monitoring framework. To provide orientation, SUPER MoRRI developed two key guiding principles for the project and beyond – the principles of responsible quantification and credible contextualisation. The foundational work also included the implementation plan for data collection, the development of the contours and key functionalities of the online dashboard, the specification for the self-assessment tool and the basic research design for the case study programme aiming to improve our understanding of the processes and pathways through which responsibility in research and innovation can be institutionalised and eventually measured. The consortium invested much energy and intensive collective thinking in all these critical foundational and strategic activities as they set the trajectories for the project.
3. Network development: A key element of the SUPER MoRRI project design is the exchange with and involvement of different networks of stakeholders and practitioners. These different but interrelated networks (the international satellite partners, the SwafS eco system, the international advisory board, the broader stakeholder community) function as sounding boards, critical friends and, most importantly, will be involved in the processes of co-constructing and testing the monitoring framework and some of the data collection procedures, the online dashboard, and the self-assessment tool. During the first months of SUPER MoRRI, the relationships with these networks were established and the groundwork for sustained interactions was conducted."