This report of the Expert Group on Policy Indicators for Responsible Research and Innovation, considers options for RRI indicators. It divides such indicators into three sections: i) (good) governance as an overarching principle for R&I networks; ii), public engagement, gender equality, science education, open access and ethics, as the five main keys for governance; and iii), sustainability and social justice/inclusion as a more general policy goal.
The expert group concludes that, for the sake of manageability, actors should use a limited tailored set of indicators according to their own needs, goals and concerns. It makes a tentative proposal for a smaller set of indicators that could be used in a European R&I policy context, presented as a table at the end of the report.
The expert group sees the development of indicators as a bottom-up process, guided by the collaboration between relevant stakeholders. It recommends that a set of indicators should be chosen that include indicators for all the dimensions of RRI and that focus on performance (outcome and process). Indicators should furthermore be meaningful and conducive to good processes that develop RRI as a policy principle. That is, rather than “hard facts”, chosen because they are easy to quantify, emphasis should be placed on information that is helpful in collaborative modes of governance, developing trust, best practices and mutual institutional change.