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The ETHNA System Guide to the Ethical Governance of RRI in Innovation and Research in Research Performing Organisations and Research Funding Organisations

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Uploaded by RRI Tools on 19 July 2021
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The ETHNA System project

Establishing ethical governance in RRI is not done overnight. It takes work and commitment. UJI researchers from the ETHNA System project have developed a guidebook detailing the steps of the implementation process. The guide will be of help for any organisation that performs research and innovation or funds it and that aspires to have a more effective ethical commitment. 

The Guide is divided in six sections and includes seven annexes that form a toolbox to implement the ETHNA System.

  • Section A, B and C explain the importance of having a system of ethical governance, its target audience and the benefits resulting from public commitment to manage the ethical basis for trust.
  • Section D explains the structure of the system which consists of a set of building blocks that are flexible and adaptable to the needs, idiosyncrasies, and resources of each organisation to progress in RRI over time.
  • Section E describes how to implement the ETHNA System through three phases and seven steps.
  • And finally, Section F dives into the importance of internal and external communication in the ETHNA System to create a RRI culture.

The document is enriched with a Toolbox that will help with the implementation of ETHNA System.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

  • A. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE AN ETHICAL SYSTEM OF GOVERNANCE FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN ORGANISATIONS?
  • B. WHO IS THE ETHNA SYSTEM AIMED AT? 
  • C. WHY ADOPT THE ETHNA SYSTEM? 
  • D. WHAT IS THE ETHNA SYSTEM?
  • E. HOW IS THE ETHNA SYSTEM IMPLEMENTED?
    • E.1. PHASE I: INITIAL ASSEMENT (STEPS 1&2)
      • STEP 1. Mapping priorities
      • STEP 2. Set the level of commitment with the ETHNA System
    • E.2. PHASE II: IMPLEMENTATION PHASE (STEP 3 to 6) 
      • STEP 3. Implement the RRI Office(r) 
      • STEP 4. Implement the Code of Ethics and Good Practices in R&I 
      • STEP 5. Implement the Ethics Committee on R&I
      • STEP 6. Implement the Ethics Line .
    • E.3. PHASE III: EVALUATION PHASE (STEP 7)
      • STEP 7. Monitoring Indicators of the ETHNA System 
  • F. COMMUNICATING AND CREATING CULTURE
  • Annexes 1 to 7 in the publication: Toolbox to implement the ETHNA System
    • ANNEX 1. GUIDANCE TO CREATE THE ETHNA SYSTEM ACTION PLAN 5
    • ANNEX 2. GUIDANCE TO USE AND TO CREATE THE MONITORING INDICATORS: PROGRESS AND PERFORMANCE
    • ANNEX 3. GUIDANCE TO CREATE THE CODE OF ETHICS AND GOOD PRACTICES IN R&I
    • ANNEX 4. GUIDANCE TO CREATE THE ETHICS COMMITTEE ON R&I
    • ANNEX 5. GUIDANCE TO CREATE THE ETHICS LINE
    • ANNEX 6. GUIDANCE TO CREATE THE EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION PLAN 
    • ANNEX 7. GUIDANCE TO CREATE THE INTERNAL COMMUNICATION PLAN 

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