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Assessment of Responsible Innovation | Methods and Practices

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Assessment of Responsible Innovation. Methods and Practices. Eds Emad Yaghmaei & Ibo van de Poel. Taylor & Francis Group. Upocoming November 2020.

Responsible Innovation encourages innovators to work together with stakeholders during the research and innovation process, to better align the outcomes of innovation with the values, needs and expectations of society. Assessing the benefits and costs of Responsible Innovation is crucial for furthering the responsible conduct of science, technology and innovation. However, there is until now only limited academic work on Responsible Innovation assessment. This book fills this lacuna.

Assessment of Responsible Innovation: Methods and Practices presents tools for measuring, monitoring, and reporting upon the Responsible Innovation process and the social, environmental, scientific, and economic impacts of innovations. These tools help innovators to mitigate risk and to strengthen their strategic planning. This book aligns assessment tools and practices with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The prospects as well as the limitations of various Responsible Innovation assessment approaches and tools are discussed, as well as their applicability in various industry contexts.

The book brings together leading scholars in the field to present the most comprehensive review of Responsible Innovation tools. It articulates the importance of assessment and value creation, the different metrics and monitoring systems that can be deployed and the reporting mechanisms, including the importance of effective communication.


Introduction | Emad Yaghmaei and Ibo van de Poel

Part 1: Reflections on Responsible Innovation

  • 1. Scientific and democratic relevance of RRI: Dimensions and relations | Robert Gianni
  • 2. Locomotive Breath? Post Festum Reflections on the EC Expert Group on Policy Indicators for Responsible Research and Innovation | Roger Strand and Jack Spaapen

Part 2: RRI in Companies

  • 3. Strategic Responsible Innovation Management (StRIM) – A New Approach to Responsible Corporate Innovation Through Strategic CSR | Agata Gurzawska
  • 4. On the challenges and drivers of implementing responsible innovation in foodpreneurial SMEs. | Cristina Covello and Kostantinos latridis
  • 5. Supporting RRI uptake in industry: A qualitative and multi-criteria approach to analysing the costs and benefits of implementation | Andrea Porcari, Daniela Pimponi, Elisabetta Borsella, Pim Klaassen, Maria João Maia, Elvio Mantovani
  • 6. Do voluntary standards support responsible innovation implementation and reporting in industry? The case of the European food sector | Edurne A. Inigo, Jilde Garst, Vincent Blok and Konstantina M. Pentaraki

Part 3: Responsible Innovation Assessment

  • 7. Monitoring Responsible Research and Innovation in the European Research Area – the MoRRI project | Ingeborg Meijer and Wouter van de Klippe
  • Best practice I: The B Impact Assessment | Joey van den Brink
  • 8. The COMPASS Self-Check Tool: Enhancing Organizational Learning for Responsible Innovation through Self-Assessment | Adele Tharani, Katharina Jarmai, Norma Schönherr and Patricia Urban
  • Best practice II: Societal Readiness Thinking Tool by NewHoRRIzon | Tung Tung Chan and Ingeborg Meijer
  • 9. Reflexive Monitoring in Action as a methodology for learning and enacting Responsible Research and Innovation | Pim Klaassen, Lisa Verwoerd, Frank Kupper and Barbara Regeer
  • Best practice III: Data-driven Materiality Analysis | Donato Calace and Adriana Farenga
  • 10. A Future-oriented evaluation and development model for responsible research and innovation | Mika Nieminen and Veikko Ikonen
  • Best practice IV: PRISMA KPI analysis tool | Steven Flipse
  • 11. Assessing Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Systems in the Digital Age | Claudia Werker
  • Best practice V: Managing social impacts and ethical issues of Research and Innovation: the CEN/WS 105 guidelines to innovate responsibly | Andrea Porcari and Elena Mocchio
  • 12. RRI Intensity - A proposed method of assessing the requirement for Responsible Innovation in ICT projects | Martin de Heaver, Marina Jirotka, Margherita Nulli, Bernd Carsten Stahl, and Carolyn Ten Holter
  • Best practice VI: Benchmarking for a better world: Assessing corporate performance on the SDGs | Lisanne Urlings
  • 13. The Responsible Side of Innovation: Towards the Measurement of a New Construct | Robert Verburg, Laurens Rook, and Udo Pesch
  • Best practice VII: Enabling the private sector to manage its impact on the SDGs | Charlotte Portier
  • 14. RRI measurement and assessment: some pitfalls and a proposed way forward | Ibo van de Poel


"Spiderman was not the first to realise that with great power comes great responsibility. Science and technology, despite their growing power, have in the past fallen short when it comes to questions of responsibility. This can no longer hold. Responsible innovation is a vital part of the new social contract for science, but its theory and practice need continual development. In this book, Emad Yaghmaei and Ibo van de Poel have assembled a first-rate cast of analysts to make sense of the challenge and the various responses that have flourished in the last five years. Their collection provides a vital map to this new landscape." - Jack Stilgoe, Senior Lecturer, UCL

"Many by now have grasped the urgency and relevance of Responsible Innovation. After many years of research and reflection on the very idea, there still is a gap between the theory and the proof of added value of Responsible Innovation in practice. The editors of this collection have done a wonderful job in bringing together a wide ranging set of discussions of tools, methods, criteria, and frameworks that allow us to assess whether specific innovations are not only well intentioned but really achieve our moral goals in a tangible sense". - Jeroen van den Hoven, Professor of Ethics and Technology, Delft University of Technology

"The present book is an important contribution to future research and innovation as there cannot be any good progress in these fields without agreed all-encompassing assessment systems for such progress. This is a necessary step to avoid any accidental major collapse of whatever nature in a near future, be it related to ecology, economy or even individual freedom. As a European citizen I am glad and feel reassured to see that so many people from European countries and beyond are steadily carrying forward the work undertaken a decade ago at European level on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) to which I had the honour to take part*. This gives hope that human species may eventually turn its ability to think and reflect into something beneficial for itself and for all other fellow species co-inhabiting our planet Earth. Heartful thanks to Emad, Ibo and to all the authors of this book!"  - Philippe Galiay, now retired from the European Commission, was in charge up to June 2019 of mainstreaming Responsible Research and Innovation in the European Research and Innovation Framework Programmes and in the European Research Area

"The science, technology and innovation system is in desperate need for a research and innovation paradigm that is directional towards socially desirable outcomes and which embraces open and responsible research and innovation practices: Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). An impressive number of international authors advance Responsible Research and Innovation by pushing it to the level for required institutional change. They tackle, among other, the difficult issues of indicators for incentivizing and rewarding knowledge actors and propose well-thought through standards and CEN guidelines for industrial actors. The book is a must-read for anyone engaged in research and innovation assessment." - Rene von Schomberg, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, Belgium and Guest Professor ,Technical University Darmstadt, Germany and Jonathan Hankins, The Bassetti Foundation








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