Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a major strategy and focus of the EU program Horizon2020, and involves society in science and innovation and works to connect research & innovation with society through many threads, including public engagement, governance, and more. Ultimately, RRI seeks to bring in a more holistic, societal approach to science and innovation so that risks and ethical dilemmas are avoided in advance, and the benefits and transformative possibilities of science can be realized by all people. RRI can mean many different things, including:
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Anticipation and Reflection
- Openness and Transparency
- Responsiveness and Adaptive Change
Issues RRI seeks to address include:
- Gender Equality
- Open Access
- Public Engagement
- Science Education
The RRI website has compiled both tools for users created by the community of practice, as well as a database of organizations and users who constitute the community. Tools and information are also available based on the audience or stakeholder of interest, including policymakers, researchers, education experts, business, and civil society organizations.
How to Use
RRI's tools repository compiles useful materials across participating nations in the Horizon2020 program for others to use. Users can sort resources in a variety of ways and based on their own criteria, and RRI organizes tools into various categories to help organizers put RRI into practice, including:
- Incorporating into policy and funding institutions;
- Education institutions;
- Setting up participatory research agendas;
- Designing project proposals; co-creating community based research;
- Embedding into citizen science; and more.
The RRI Toolkit allows users to search for resources based on various criteria, including the type of resource, the institution or user for which the resource would be useful, and what the resources address (e.g., science engagement, gender equality, etc.). RRI also has a resource page which includes helpful training modules. RRI has a specific page dedicated to information and tools about science education which may be of particular use to informal science educators and practitioners. RRI also offers a Self Reflection Tool, which helps users assess how well their work is abiding by the principles of RRI.