Governance

Governance is any form of coordination that fosters and mainstreams the process dimensions and outcomes of RRI within an organisation or in the interaction with others. It entails hard and soft multilevel structures, guidelines and arrangements with the aim to optimize our responsivity to societal challenges, needs and concerns and to consciously institutionalise responsible practices in science and innovation. 

What governance instruments does your organisation provide to foster shared responsibility in R&I?
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Examples

  • Following inclusion and diversity strategies
  • Making policies and strategies open and transparent to all actors involved
  • Responding to emerging knowledge, perspectives, views and norms, by… 
  • Investing resources to make our innovations more responsive to societal needs and concerns
  • Employing an RRI governance plan
Who is involved in setting your R&I agenda?
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Examples

  • Management or advisory boards
  • Funding organisations
  • Different stakeholders 
  • Other teams and colleagues 
  • Members of the public
How are views from other research or societal groups included in your R&I practice?
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Examples

  • Exchanging views with peers, researchers and innovators from other disciplines
  • Talking with potentially affected groups and end users
  • Considering a wide range of relevant stakeholder groups, such as…
  • Working collaboratively with… 
How do you ensure your R&I practices can adapt to unforeseen results or societal changes?
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Examples

  • Being open to emerging societal needs
  • Changing the research plan, if needed, in response to unforeseen results
  • Maintaining dialogue with different stakeholders so we can change the practice as a response to critique or changed perspectives
What resource allocations allow responsible improvements to your R&I practice?
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Examples

  • Providing time for reflection 
  • Sharing experiences with others, internally or externally
  • Consulting external experts in the fields of (for example, ethics, gender equality...)
  • Encouraging participation in RRI workshops and training
  • Appointing a staff RRI expert
What RRI-related training opportunities do you have (gender equality, ethics, open science, etc.)?
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Examples

  • Attending related conferences… 
  • Participating in training on…
  • Developing training materials on…
  • Offering training in…
What organisational changes are needed to adapt your R&I processes to stakeholders’ input?
Openness and Transparency #Responsiveness and Adaptive Change

Examples

  • Modifying our science governance system so it responds to public demands
  • Creating/implementing structures that enable engagement
  • Setting up incentive systems to encourage changes
  • Making accountability and transparency are the bedrock of every stage
  • Practising open science
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