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Stakeholder involvement in ethical governance of R&I – a guide for Higher Education, Funding and Research Centres (HEFRCs)

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Häberlein, Lisa; Mönig, Julia Maria and Hövel, Philipp (2021). Stakeholder involvement in ethical governance of R&I. A guide for HEFRCs. ETHNA System Project – Deliverable 3.3.

A practical guide for conducting deliberative stakeholder workshops

This document provides you with methodological guidance on how to design ethical governance activities in the context of strategic development in Higher Education, Funding and Research Centres (HEFRCs) wishing to implement an ETHNA System. The guide outlines a set of options and vivid examples for conducting deliberative workshops with key actors in your organisation, e.g., actors from civil society, research, innovation and funding communities, business and industry or policy makers. By engaging stakeholders in deliberative participation at an early stage, you can effectively identify, discuss and take into account societal values, needs and expectations related to the RRI activity you plan to undertake.

This guide will help you learn more about methods and techniques to promote dialogical learning and deliberation in stakeholder workshops. Both dialogical learning and deliberation are key pathways to engage stakeholders in the ethical governance of R&I.

To guide this two-way dialogue, reference is also made to existing approaches developed by other EU-funded projects dedicated to fostering deliberative engagement methods, such as CIMULACT, ENGAGE2020, PE2020, PRO-Ethics,, SISCODE and RRI Tools or the ECSA network.

In addition, this document provides inspiring examples of workshops carried out by organisations implementing an ETHNA System. Thus, the guide offers a flexible workshop design that can be adapted to the specific needs of your organisation and its structures, e.g., by choosing tailored methods for conducting participatory events. As such, it is broad enough to address the specific situation and circumstances of your organisation, but also universal enough to provide a common standard for deliberative activities in HEFRCs.

Table of content:

  • List of abbreviations.
  • What this guide is about and how you can use it 
  • Why consulting broader communities is important for RRI 
  • Deliberative methods in ethical governance of R&I 
  • Conducting a deliberative stakeholder workshop
    • Description.
    • Process
    • Target group
    • Number of participants
    • Time expense
    • Costs 
  • An example from the ETHNA System project and lessons learned 
  • A user guide in three planning stages
    • … before the workshop 
    • … during the workshop
    • … after the workshop
  • Deliberative methods to cover more precisely the values, needs and expectations of society 
    • My personal business card
    • Collaborative mind map
    • Impulse discussion 
    • Four corners method 
    • Brainstorming
    • Fishbowl
    • World Café
    • Online workshops 
  • Follow-up phase
  • References 
  • List of links

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