New book: “Assessment of Responsible Innovation: Methods and Practices”

The new book “Assessment of Responsible Innovation: Methods and Practices” edited by Emad Yaghmaei and Ibo van de Poel brings together leading scholars in the field of Responsible Innovation to present the most comprehensive review of assessment tools, methods, and practices. It articulates the importance of assessment and value creation, the different metrics and monitoring systems that can be deployed, and the reporting mechanisms, including the importance of effective communication.

The book consists of three parts:

  1. The first part reflects on Responsible Innovation and sets the background for the topic.
  2. The second part focuses on Responsible Innovation in an industrial context and the challenges associated with the implementation hereof. Industry is an important context for Responsible Innovation since many innovations originate here. However, it is often overlooked.
  3. Part three discusses (new) approaches, methods and metrics for the assessment of Responsible Innovation, focusing on the industrial context.

In-between the expert contributions, the book features best practices, which provide specific perspectives and ideas of how we can assess Responsible Innovation within stakeholders from different sectors: industry, government, academia, and civil society.

Must-read for anyone engaged in RRI

The book also tackles, among others, the difficult issues of indicators for incentivizing and rewarding knowledge actors and propose well-thought-through European Committee for Standardization (CEN) standards and guidelines for industrial actors. The book is a must-read for anyone engaged in research and innovation assessment.”

Rene von Schomberg

Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

First-rate cast of analysts

In this book, Emad Yaghmaei and Ibo van de Poel have assembled a first-rate cast of analysts to make sense of the challenge and the various responses that have flourished in the last five years. Their collection provides a vital map to this new landscape”

Jack Stilgoe

 Senior Lecturer, UCL

Important contribution

The present book is an important contribution to future research and innovation as there cannot be any good progress in these fields without agreed all-encompassing assessment systems for such progress. This is a necessary step to avoid any accidental major collapse of whatever nature in a near future, be it related to ecology, economy or even individual freedom”

Philippe Galiay

Former head of Responsible Research and Innovation unit in the European Research Area

Wide-ranging set of discussions

Assessment of Responsible Innovation: Methods and Practices edited volume brings together a wide-ranging set of discussions of tools, methods, criteria, and frameworks that allow us to assess whether specific innovations are not only well-intentioned but really achieve our moral goals in a tangible sense”

Jeroen van den Hoven

Professor of Ethics and Technology

SUPER MoRRI has a contribution in Chapter 7, “Monitoring Responsible Research and Innovation in the European research area: the MoRRI project,” Ingeborg Meijer and Wouter van de Klippe from SUPER MoRRI show how indicators and metrics for RRI got a central role in monitoring systems of innovation practices. The expectations of the EC on the results of the MoRRI project were high, as shown by the all-over appearance of MoRRI indicators across the H2020 Science with and for Society programme. They discuss the benefits of RRI in four categories: societal, democratic, economic, and scien­tific. While the primary output of the MoRRI project was the creation of a monitoring system highlighting changes at the national level, the successor project of MoRRI, the SUPER MoRRI project, envisions an alternative future for monitoring and evaluation of RRI in which monitoring happens at the institutional level with local and context-dependent methods.

The chapter summarising the MoRRI project can be found here.

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