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The University of Bergen, leading the work package on Monitoring and Evaluation, has been engaged in continuous monitoring and evaluation, analysing a number of documents from meeting minutes and cluster progress reports to TRANSFORM deliverables. In addition, at the end of the second year, they conducted evaluative conversations – semi-structured active interviews with cluster partners about the project partners’ experiences and about the organisational-institutional settings in which they are working.  The findings fed into the Second Interim Monitoring Report available.  Do you want a sneak peek of the preliminary findings?  Then keep reading…

The evaluation approach used in the Second Interim Monitoring Report combines the notions of double loop learning for the project formation processes with the concept of translation and ecologies of participation. Double-loop learning can be defined as learning that involves the questioning and revision of elements of one’s own world-view. This can happen gradually or also take place at crucial moments. A focus on translations of RRI within broader ecologies of participation allows for moving beyond the assessment of individual engagement activities as “good” or “bad” and scoring, scaling or ranking them, and enables us to assess how techniques or methodologies of engagement shift and change when they are applied in a particular regional or territorial setting.

The TRANSFORM Second Interim Monitoring Report highlighted the diversity of the RRI types that are being implemented in the different clusters.

Lombardy regional cluster

The Lombardy cluster largely relies on longstanding collaborations with partners from the administrative sector of the region. Its objective is to test and eventually stabilise RRI methods such as participatory agenda setting and citizen assemblies as more permanent tools of R&I governance.

Catalonia

The Catalonia cluster centers around citizen science pilots in waste collection management and endometriosis. Much like the Lombardy cluster, this one coordinates with regional authorities, and is predicated on pre-existing networks while still contributing to new transversal relations among government entities and their approaches.

Brussels-Capital

Finally, the Brussels cluster illustrates the variety of RRI translations. It has engaged in a pilot aiming at transformations in the regional R&I system and academia, as well as in other pilots focused on bottom-up citizen science and participatory urban development.

Two years on, there is strong evidence of synergetic interaction between pilots and the development of S3/RIS3 strategic work. TRANSFORM RRI pilots contribute to RIS3 development at public administration level; however, it is also true that public administrations develop RIS3 through the TRANSFORM pilots. Moreover, it can already be observed that TRANSFORM has affected democratic RRI benefits, which can be identified in the Lombardy cluster’s contribution to deliberative methodologies, together with the Catalonia cluster’s contributions to transversal communication and collaboration in the quadruple helix.

The existence of such synergetic relationships might be an important condition for success and we will return to this issue in the final report. In terms of the various aspects of RRI, TRANSFORM casts light upon RRI achievements within the domains that MoRRI indicators GOV2 and PEx (including PE2, PE5, PE7 and PE10) were intended to measure.

Stay tuned for the full report.


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TRANSFORM is now entering its third, final, year. The experimentation with citizen engagement activities and RRI implementation into regional R&I governance will be completed in all three clusters, drawing conclusions and lessons learned into the project outcomes.

Strategic Roadmaps for the implementation and support of territorial RRI through three tested methodologies – participatory research agenda setting, citizen science and multistakeholder engagement – within S3 priorates that will provide comprehensive guidelines on the applied methodologies in three regions.
maps

RRI Maps will show efforts that TRANSFORM regional R&I ecosystems have done towards the inclusion of RRI elements within their R&I activities and funding. An inspiration for existing innovation scoreboards that would benefit from integrating RRI indicators.

policy recommendations

 In addition, Policy Recommendations to transforming regional R&I systems towards RRIresulting from the mutual learning process will provide inspiration to regional governments and local authorities who would like to replicate TRANSFORM processes and implement RRI components within their R&I policies.

Evaluation and monitoring

The continuous monitoring and evaluation will result in several public deliverables,

  • Impact pathways for RRI Initiatives in Regional R&I Ecosystems
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Guide
  • TRANSFORM: An Assessment of Outcomes and Impacts

that will provide insights into TRANSFORM’s approach to this task including processes, practices, methodologies and indicators used as well as the impact assessment of the project. At the same time, it will also cover the overall impact assessment in terms of the actual impact of mature innovations taken up in society beyond the scope of the project. These deliverables will provide guidance to others interested in monitoring and evaluating the impact of RRI at territorial level. 

Project e-book

A project e-book will present the experimentation processes of all three clusters explored in the project, detailing used methodologies, strengths, weaknesses and practical hints to replicate the activities; an easy-to-use guide for policymakers and local stakeholders to implement RRI and participatory approaches in S3. It will be presented in a project webinar along with other results with an objective to trigger more RRI approaches in S3.

Event

Each regional cluster will organise a local final event presenting the project results, strengthening links built among quadruple helix stakeholders and celebrating the outcomes of the work done in the past three years. The final conference will be organised in Milan to invite stakeholders from all over Europe to showcase project achievements, reflect on lessons learned together with other projects and discuss the main challenges and future trends shaping the territorial RRI in regional R&I.

 

We will keep exploring synergies with other projects and initiatives, and share our knowledge and experiences during the events at European, national, regional and local level.

Stay tuned!


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The end of the year also meant the end of the second year of TRANSFORM. Reflecting on 2022, it was a busy year for us with the launch of citizen engagement activities in all three regions and a successful review meeting. Although we did not have a chance to meet in person (again), we benefited from mutual learning activities, participated in several international and territorial events and hosted a session within the European Week of Regions and Cities. Read more about what we have been up to in the second year AND what’s coming next…

While all regional clusters have been working towards the implementation of RRI into their S3 strategies, they all have their specificities in approach and applied methodologies for citizen engagement.

Brussels-Capital

Lombardy cluster organized a deliberative process to collect and understand the citizens needs and shape regional R&I priorities accordingly. First, TRANSFOM partners launched a survey on the regional population needs, in which a representative sample of Lombardy citizens took part (approximately 1000). The survey was followed by a deliberative workshop on just energy transition for all, a topic chosen based on the outcomes of the survey and its relevance for regional policy-making. 18 people took part in the online workshop and reached a common agreement on recommendations for policy-makers. The outcomes of the whole deliberative process were translated into the 2021-2023 Strategic Programme for Research and Innovation. At the same time, it was presented as an inspiring example to other departments and units of Lombardy Region and to key regional R&I stakeholders.

Brussels-Capital

Brussels-Capital launched its pilot activities to implement open and inclusive processes to better connect local research and innovation (R&I) to societal needs while involving 4-helix stakeholders. The aim is to introduce this approach to public-funded R&I. The regional partners selected critical innovations related to the broad topic of circular economy (water quality, material flows and bioengineered food) with the aim to help them address RRI dimensions. The innovators are involved in a participatory process.  With the first selected innovation – water sensors measuring water quality – Brussels cluster organised a series of participatory workshops, one with 4-helix stakeholders, one with civil society only (non-profit Brussels-based organisations) and two with citizens.

Catalonia

Catalonia is developing two citizen science pilots. The first pilot focuses on the co-design and implementation of an “interactive waste game” that will be used as a citizen science tool for improving the selective collection of municipal waste in the city of Mollet del Vallès (Barcelona). Students from 4 schools will be involved in data collection and analysis, and the results will be used by the municipality to better design the implementation of innovative selective collection systems in the municipality. The pilot is part of a Specialisation and Territorial Competitiveness Project (PECT). The second pilot tackles the invisibility, under-diagnosis and lack of research into endometriosis. By collecting ‘first-hand’ experiences and working together with patients and healthcare professionals, a policy brief will be co-created, addressed to policy makers and healthcare staff and officials,  to improve the care and services for people suffering from endometriosis.  

Sharing knowledge and opening a dialogue

Together we passed the first reporting period followed by a successful review meeting in June. Our first Policy Brief was published, outlining recommendations for policymakers willing to embark on citizen engagement actions for R&I grounded in the lessons learned from the project implementation in its first 15 months. Our work was presented during the cluster event on Institutional changes towards open science and societal engagement in research and innovation organized by REA. 

European Week of Regions and Cities TRANSFORM participatory lab outcomes

TRANSFORM hosted a participatory lab ‘Citizen Engagement TRANSFORMing regional R&I policymaking’ during the European Week of Regions Cities (see the outcomes here). Moreover, project partners took part in more than 20 events at local, regional, national and European level, targeting main stakeholders – public authorities, NGOs, CSOs, research and academia, and the general public; presenting TRANSFORM activities, sharing the knowledge, project results and the potential and benefits of RRI and citizen engagement in the governance of regional R&I.

Together with OECD, the Lombardy cluster launched the Italian translation of the OECD report “Innovative Citizen Participation and New Democratic Institutions: Catching the Deliberative Wave”, edited by the Giannino Bassetti Foundation, and presented during the launch event with representatives of TRANSFORM, OECD, JRC, Italian Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility, Lombardy region and Emilia Romagna region. The Italian version of the report “Innovazione nella partecipazione dei cittadini al decision making pubblico e nuove istituzioni democratiche. Cavalcare l’onda della deliberazione“ aims to contribute to spreading the culture of public deliberation in Italy and provide effective tools for citizen engagement in public policy making.

IT version OECD report

BUILDING SYNERGIES WITH OTHER PROJECTS 

TRANSFORM has been exploring and building synergies with other projects, fostering exchange to maximise the impact. Our poster was presented during the NewHoRRIzon final conference and Catalonia’s Researchers Night 2021, we presented our activities in the GRACE final webinar series, and participated in two online webinars organised by TeRRItoria’ parter Arte targeting Italian stakeholders. TRANSFORM’s approach to RRI monitoring and evaluation was presented at a project webinar of MARIE.

In September, we took part in the  SeeRRI final conference in Barcelona sharing our take on mutual learning and discussing the importance of cooperation among projects. Moreover, we contributed with our journey to the SeeRRI booklet: Bringing responsibility and RRI into regional planning – from theory to practice. 

The Lombardy regional case was presented in the 12th edition of TeRRItoria’s #ResponsibleRegions online webinar series in December. `

TRANSFORM is also taking part in the monthly “SwafS14 Monitoring & Evaluation” meetings, promoted by the SUPER MoRRI project. During those meetings, we have been exchanging with several other SwafS-14 projects about experiences and best practices in fostering more open, transparent, and democratic R&I ecosystems in Europe. The cooperation resulted in the joint abstract “What is territorial RRI? A discussion of issues, tensions and lessons learned in monitoring and evaluation practices based on nine H2020 projects” which was selected for the REvaluation conference in Vienna.

What’s next? Stay tuned..  part 2 coming out next week.  


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