The RRI Toolkit is live!
Posted by La Caixa Foundation on 06 Mar 2016
On behalf of the RRI Tools consortium it is a pleasure to welcome you to the beta version of the RRI Toolkit. After two years of work and the effort of many, you will find in it resources for the reflection, application, training and dissemination of Responsible Research and Innovation and its key issues.
RRI Tools has developed a Toolkit that
1) introduces a holistic framework for RRI
2) gathers more than 350 resources (tools, best practices, articles…) useful for applying RR
3) will contain specific guidelines on how to implement RRI in diverse contexts and
4) is a sustainable effort that will allow the community to contribute with their own resources and have fruitful discussions during the following years.
But for now the RRI Toolkit is only a beta version. It has been developed through a participatory process with a multi-stakeholder consortium, more than 400 stakeholders of 30 different countries, and a number of experts in different disciplines, but it is not quite ready yet.
More guidelines, resources and new training materials will be incorporated in the following months by the RRI Tools project, but we need your contributions and feedback as well to make of the RRI Toolkit the most useful platform possible to the community.
We would like to thank all who, with their effort, have made the RRI Toolkit possible, and we encourage you to contribute to a platform which is now yours.
Ignasi López Verdeguer
RRI Tools Coordinator – La Caixa Foundation
Why an RRI Toolkit?
Science and technology have an enormous impact in our lives and are one of the main sources of progress of our economies. However, we still need to put significant efforts into making this progress more socially and environmentally acceptable and sustainable.
The proper embedment of science in society is crucial for this. A system that contributes to an effective and socially robust technology transfer, to more evidence-based public policies, and to a permanent dialogue with society, needs the application of a holistic vision of different agendas.
Those involved in science education, public engagement, gender equality, ethics and research integrity, and open science need now to work together, if we want a more inclusive, reflective, transparent, and responsive R&I system that deals with the grand challenges of our time and leads effectively to the future we commonly agree on as society.