Scientific Understanding and Provision of an Enhanced and Robust Monitoring system for RRI (SUPER MoRRI)

About the project

Responsible research and innovation (RRI) policies aim to support processes of transformation of the R&I system through better alignment with societal values, needs and concerns, and by encouraging societal actors to work together during the whole research and innovation cycle.

The MoRRI project (2014-2018) conceptualised and implemented the first RRI monitoring system in Europe. A basket of more than 36 indicators of RRI was developed for the six key areas of RRI, i.e. gender equality, science literacy and education, public engagement, ethics, open access, and governance.

The overall objectives of the ‘Scientific Understanding and Provision of an Enhanced and Robust Monitoring system for RRI’ (SUPER MoRRI) project, responding to H2020-call SwafS-21-2018, are to

• ensure continuation of cross-European data collection on the evolution and benefits of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI);

• to advance beyond the MoRRI project by developing a proper scientific understanding of the complex and diverse relationships between RRI policies and practices and their societal, democratic, economic, and scientific benefits;

• and to significantly improve the properties of the RRI monitoring system. 

In addition, SUPER MoRRI will…

•  establish an RRI indicator hub drawing in data streams from a connected network of projects, and creating a user-friendly, interactive dashboard, which will provide easy access for multiple stakeholders and allow for selective extraction of data based on user needs and interests.

 •  take a co-creation approach by involving a range of stakeholders for exploring, developing, testing, and validating and RRI self-assessment practice;

•  interaction with international partners beyond Europe 

In line with the concept of RRI itself, our learning processes will be enhanced by participatory co-creation practices with stakeholders to facilitate dissemination and uptake of the mature monitoring systems for a range of users, including benchmarking on national and regional levels and self- assessment opportunities for research performing and research funding organisations (RPOs and RFOs). 

Overview Work Packages and project design

The approach of the SUPER MoRRI project is set into motion by a project design that combines two main streams of work: (1) Sustained and improved data collection (WPs 1-3) and (2) innovative approaches and research reaching beyond the monitoring system (WPs 4-6). Both streams of work are interconnected by effective interfaces ensuring iterative learning process between the individual WPs. A dedicated work package (WP 7) takes concrete measures to maximise SUPER MORRI’s impact.

WP 1 Critical inspection and strategic planning

WP 1 Critical inspection and strategic planning assesses the metrics and indicators developed by the initial MoRRI project (2014-2018) by combining desk research and a stakeholder-inclusive assessment process. An improved set of RRI indicators will be defined, ensuring sustained data collection, technical refinements, and new metrics and indicators. This conceptual and methodological groundwork will provide the basis for WP 2 (Data collection). 

WP 2 Data collection

WP 2 develops and implements an efficient monitoring system to collect quantitative and qualitative data from different levels across EU member states and selected non-European countries. The data collection procedures is supported by a network of national correspondents (EU 27/28 and non-European). Additional data sources include RRI indicator-relevant H2020 projects, secondary R&I data sources, and data generated in SUPER MoRRI s self-assessment tool (WP 6). 

WP 3 Dashboard and visualisation

WP 3 develops a web-based, user-friendly and customisable information dashboard in order to make available the RRI monitoring data to stakeholder groups (e.g., policy makers, RPOs, RFOs, CSOs, industry). Key functionalities of the user interface of the dashboard include aggregated comparisons by country, RRI indicator, RRI key dimension and actor type. The dashboard is an integral part of the SUPER MoRRI online platform. 

WP 4 International benchmarking

International benchmarking contributes to a better understanding of RRI-like policies and activities beyond Europe. To this end, a network of about 8-10 international satellite partners support SUPER_MoRRI by identifying suitable data sources, providing contextualised knowledge and collect a limited set of R&I data.  

WP 5 Scientific, social, economic and democratic benefits

WP 5 Scientific, social, economic and democratic benefits aims to develop an empirically based, robust understanding of the scientific, democratic, societal and economic benefits of RRI. To this end, a series of innovative empirical case studies, applying a mixed-methods approach, is conducted that generates primary data to explore the various benefits of RRI in order to support the development of new metrics and indicators of RRI and its benefits.

WP 6 Self-assessment

WP 6 Self-assessment develops a web-based assessment tool that can be of assistance to all types of stakeholder groups interested in reviewing their own RRI policies and practices. Particularly meso-level organisations (RFOs, RPOs, associations and companies) are able to use the self-assessment tool to monitor and measure organization progress ("RRI readiness levels") and compare performance with peer organisations. 

WP 7 Impact and communication

WP 7 Impact and communication enables outreach, community building, stakeholder engagement, knowledge transfer, as well as project capitalization, starting from day 1. Strategic dissemination and follow-up to broadly facilitate SUPER MoRRI results and tools ensures impact from the start.  

WP 8 Management and coordination

WP 8 Management and coordination takes care of efficient and effective management of the project, including financial reporting, liaison with the European Commission and fulfilment of all contractual obligations. 

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