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Reflection as a key element of RRI

Posted by Zentrum für Soziale Innovation on 18 Jan 2016

The RRI Toolkit will comprise a self-reflection tool allowing users to reflect on their own practice and to help them find the appropriate tools to improve it. Maria Schrammel from the Center for Social Innovation in Austria (ZSI) gives more detail about this precious feature which will be available soon.

Self-reflection tool workshop in Vienna in December 2015

Almost for a year ZSI has been continuously working on the RRI self-reflection tool, to be developed in the framework of the EU “RRI Tools” project. Our desk research showed that most online self-assessment or self-reflection tools address only single aspects of RRI or target only specific stakeholder groups. Considering the holistic RRI approach the RRI self-reflection tool aims to address all aspects of RRI as well as many different stakeholder groups, such as: industry and business, educators, researchers, civil society organizations or policy makers. The different stakeholder groups shall be reached by posing manifold questions related to the six policy agendas identified and proclaimed by the European Commission. The tool relies on the so called “process requirements” since the concept of RRI is rather seen as a matter of processes than of quantitative measureable indicators. After a continuous reviewing process with internal and external experts and various workshops at conferences and testing periods a first draft of the questions have been finalized in December and will most likely be online by the end of  February.

But why should somebody use this tool? What are its potentials?

Based on the policy agendas and process requirements the self-reflection tool stimulates reflection on RRI and has the potential to support stakeholders in implementing RRI in their working environment, irrespective of their level of RRI pre-knowledge. The self-reflection tool allows its users to gain a deeper insight into the concept of RRI, they can be supported in difficult decision making processes and users also receive recommended resources based on their personal answers and interests. Further, the tool not only supports the dialogue within project teams but also with other users of the tool for deeper discussion and reflection amongst peers

ZSI has presented the concept of the tool and present first mock-ups of the tool at the GO4 conference in Brussels on 15th of January.

Maria Schrammel

Maria Schrammel works on RRI Tools at the Center for Social Innovation (ZSI)the RRI Tools Hub coordinator for Austria and Slovenia.

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