Linking policy and practice in monitoring socially responsible research and innovation (RRI): A conceptual framework to evaluate progress through the UNESCO-led Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers

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Abstract

This paper sets out a high-level conceptual framework for monitoring the development of socially responsible research and innovation (RRI) systems linked to the global policy instrument called 'the Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers' (RSSR). RRI is an umbrella concept, rooted in EU policy and research, that encompasses a range of topics that overlap directly with the RSSR. These topics include social inclusion in scientific research, improved scientific transparency and governance and expanded public engagement with science. The RSSR is an international accord ratified by 195 United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Member States in 2017, updating an earlier version of the instrument. This UNESCO-led initiative offers a globally inclusive and agreed structure for advancing RRI-related principles. A key feature of the RSSR initiative is its permanent structure of quadrennial monitoring to assess implementation of its principles. Here, a conceptual framework is presented to clarify the specific dimensions of RRI embedded in the 10 key priority areas for this quadrennial monitoring process. The paper explicates these dimensions and the underpinning policy language from the 2017 recommendation with the aim of supporting UNESCO Member States and research stakeholders globally to design appropriate evaluation methods. This conceptual framework is intended to support development of globally aligned measurement of RRI policy and practice that allows research and policy stakeholders from each world region to learn from each other. Fostering mutual learning on a global scale will help to enable evidence-based practice in the context of RRI to improve outcomes and mitigate the limitations of well-meaning but ineffective policies and practices. [Abstract copyright: Copyright: © 2023 Jensen EA.]
Original languageEnglish
Pages21
Volume2
DOIs
Publication statusFirst published - 24 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameOpen research Europe
ISSN (Print)2732-5121

Keywords

  • RRI
  • researchers
  • evaluation
  • indicators
  • scientists
  • socially responsible science

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