Within the realm of TRANSFORM, Lombardy Region commits to render S3 more inclusive and transparent, ensuring that citizens’ voices are heard and opinions are taken into account in setting up key regional R&I vision and actions that are part of the strategy implementation. In order to do so, a citizen engagement process is developed, adopted and implemented, aiming at including public views in the next PST (2021-2023). Sharing their experiences and opinions on regional needs and priorities, Lombardy citizens are contributing to shape the regional R&I ecosystems.
A structured participatory agenda setting exercise is held entirely online (due to the COVID-19 emergency), also serving as a case study to provide concrete suggestions for the refinement of the Open Innovation platform, fostering its usability also beyond the TRANSFORM project.
Furthermore, as a joint effort of the Lombardy Cluster of TRANSFORM, Lombardy Region embeds RRI into the objectives of S3 in order to prepare the ground for citizen engagement actions in the implementation and monitoring of the strategy.
The TRANSFORM Lombardy cluster is supported by a group of 17 selected local R&I stakeholders (the Think Tank) with the aim of defining collaborative propositions on how to improve the openness and inclusiveness of regional R&I ecosystems. Think Tank members will contribute to the cluster activities by providing a variety of views, know-how and priorities on regional R&I policy making, therefore ensuring that different needs and perspectives are taken into account. In particular, the Think Tank members contribute to the co-creation of local tools/indicators to measure and monitor the RRI performance of the regional government.