PERFORM brought early career researchers (ECRs) together with performers, teachers and secondary school students to develop performance-based activities that explored Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and the human dimension of science.
During 2016-2018, PERFORM delivered two rounds of bespoke training courses in Bristol, Paris and Barcelona to enable ECRs to develop the relevant cross disciplinary skills to support this activity. These included: communication and engagement skills, team working and a more holistic and interdisciplinary understanding of research including RRI values.
This user-friendly toolkit presents key topics covered in the training courses in the form
of written guides and short films. It is freely accessible online as a resource for higher education institutions responsible for training ECRs, or for ECRs to use independently as a
framework for informal professional development training.
Aim of the toolkit
The aim of this resource is to support ECRs in their reflective thinking around RRI values and processes and introduce them to some creative performance methods for public engagement, inspired by the PERFORM project. This toolkit has been designed as a user-friendly starting point for professional development on these topics.
There are many other excellent and extensive resources for supporting RRI training, for example those on RRI tools.This toolkit does not intend to replicate these resources.
Who is the toolkit is for?
This resource is designed for higher education institutions responsible for training ECRs, or for ECRs to use independently as a framework for informal professional development training.
The PERFORM project brought together interdisciplinary groups of ECRs - and a variety of
perspectives - which enabled rich discussion. This toolkit is relevant to ECRs from all scientific disciplines and is designed to be able to be used by an interdisciplinary cohort.
The written sections are designed so that they can be used in a standalone session, to inform a short discussion or to implement a standalone training session. Users can also select a number of sections to form a training course, with each section forming one session.
There are seven sections:
• Research Ethics and Integrity
• Reliability of Scientific Knowledge
• Wellbeing at Work
• Values in Science
• Reflexivity in Research
• Responsible Research and Innovation
• Performance Approaches for Exploring Responsible Research and Innovation
Integrated into some of the written sections are links to corresponding short films. Four films focus on key topics: Research Reproducibility, Reflexivity in Research, Responsible Research and Innovation, and Creative Approaches to Public Engagement. The films feature speakers who contributed to the PERFORM ECR training in Spain, France and the UK. The films end with reflective questions, which serve as a starting point for discussion. They can be used alongside the written guides, or as a standalone resource
How to use
Each toolkit section features at least one discussion-based activity, which is designed to support ECRs to collectively reflect on the content presented in the readings and/or films.
You may want to consider organising the discussion in diferent ways, for example:
Presentation and general discussion of the references
Small group discussions, followed by general discussion about the topics
Individual reflection and writing of answers on post-its, which are then displayed on a board, so that answers remain anonymous.
Some of these discussions may raise sensitive or controversial issues. The Seeds for Change
collective provides useful general guidance on how to efectively facilitate discussions of this
kind. You can find their tools here: https://www.seedsforchange.org.uk/tool