Global Survey on socially responsible research/innovation

By SalM on July 20, 2020 in RRING NEWS

Under the leadership of our partners from ICoRSA a global survey was launched. The survey was open from 1 October 2019 to 20 December 2019.

Variables covered demographic Information such as: Age; Gender; Nationality; Native Language; Level of Education & Subject of Schooling; Location of Schooling & Professional Career; Time in current position of career. Five RRING World Regions were included in the analysis (following UNESCO regions of the world): European and North American States; Latin-American and Caribbean States; Asian and Pacific States; African States; Arab States.

The survey resulted in 2198 responses with a completion rate of 70% or more; 539 responses with a completion rate of less than 70%. The average completion rate of the survey was 97%. Respondents on average took 33 minutes to complete the survey.


Results


Diverse & Inclusive: Diverse Range

‘It is important to involve individuals/organizations with a diverse range of perspectives and expertise when planning my research and innovation work.’

*Involve early a wide range of actors and publics in R&I practice, deliberation, and decision-making to yield more useful and higher quality knowledge. This strengths democracy and broadens sources of expertise, disciplines and perspectives

n=2194
[African=195, Arab=164, Asia & Pac=168, Eur & N. Am=1377, Lat. Am & Car=208, India=82]

  • Mostly similar distribution of agreement
  • India leading slightly with 55% strongly agreeing

All researchers, regardless of the region mostly strongly agree that “’It is important to involve individuals/organizations with a diverse range of perspectives and expertise when planning my research and innovation work.’ With the highest percentage for India comparing to other investigated regions.


Diverse & Inclusive: Gender


‘It is important to promote gender equality in my research and innovation work.’

*Involve early a wide range of actors and publics in R&I practice, deliberation, and decision-making to yield more useful and higher quality knowledge. This strengths democracy and broadens sources of expertise, disciplines and perspectives

n=2132
[African=192, Arab=159, Asia & Pac=161, Eur & N. Am=1333, Lat. Am & Car=204, India=83]

  • Mostly similar distribution of agreement
  • Latin America leading slightly with 60% strongly agreeing
  • Most neutral views in Europe and North America (15%)

Diverse & Inclusive: Ethnic Minorities


‘It is important to include ethnic minorities in my research and innovation work.’

*Involve early a wide range of actors and publics in R&I practice, deliberation, and decision-making to yield more useful and higher quality knowledge. This strengths democracy and broadens sources of expertise, disciplines and perspectives

n=2039
[African=188, Arab=142, Asia & Pac=154, Eur & N. Am=1278, Lat. Am & Car=197, India=80]

  • Overall sentiment leaning heavily on agreement
  • Latin America and the Caribbean slightly with 42% strongly agreeing
  • Comparatively high percentages indicating a neutral view (13%-22%)

Anticipative & Reflective: Societal Concerns


‘It is important to ensure that the way I do my research and innovation work does not cause concerns for society.’

*Envision impacts and reflect on the underlying assumptions, values, and purposes to better understand how R&I shapes the
future. This yields to valuable insights and increase our capacity to act on what we know.

n=2113
[African=196, Arab=155, Asia & Pac=163, Eur & N. Am=1314, Lat. Am & Car=205, India=80]

  • Overall sentiment leaning heavily on agreement
  • Africa has the highest combined “strongly agree” and “agree” percentage (83%)
  • Overall distribution of agreement is similar across regions

Open and Transparent: R&I Methods and Processes


‘It is important to make my research and innovation methods/processes open and transparent.’

*Communicate in a balanced, meaningful way methods, results,conclusions, and implications to enable public scrutiny anddialogue. This benefits the visibility and understanding of R&I.

n=2194
[African=192, Arab=166, Asia and Pac= 164, Eur and N. Am=1374, Lat. Am and Car=209, India=89]

  • Overall sentiment leaning heavily on agreement
  • Highest combined disagreement to the statement across African regions
  • Overall distribution of agreement is similar across regions

Open and Transparent: R&I Work and Accesibility


‘It is important to make the results of my research and innovations work accessible to as wide a public as possible’

*Communicate in a balanced, meaningful way methods, results,conclusions, and implications to enable public scrutiny anddialogue. This benefits the visibility and understanding of R&I.

n=2175
[African=192, Arab=164, Asia and Pac= 166, Eur and N. Am=1360, Lat. Am and Car=209, India=89]

  • Overall sentiment leaning heavily on agreement
  • Highest combined disagreement to the statement across African regions
  • Overall distribution of agreement is similar across regions

Open and Transparent: R&I Activity Availability


‘It is important to make data from my research and innovation activities freely available to the public.’ 

*Communicate in a balanced, meaningful way methods, results,conclusions, and implications to enable public scrutiny anddialogue. This benefits the visibility and understanding of R&I.

n=2113
[African=187, Arab=163, Asia and Pac= 162, Eur and N. Am=1319, Lat. Am and Car=204, India=78]

  • Overall sentiment leaning heavily on agreement
  • Highest combined disagreement to the statement across African regions
  • Overall distribution of agreement is very smilar across regions

Responsive & Adaptive: Societal Needs


‘Research and innovation should adress societal needs’

*Be able to modify modes of thought and behaviour, overarching organizational structures, in response to changing circumstances, knowledge, and perspectives. This aligns action with the needs expressed by

n=2224
[African=193, Arab=164, Asia and Pac= 171, Eur and N. Am=1400, Lat. Am and Car=210, India=86]

  • Overall sentiment leaning heavily on agreement
  • Highest combined disagreement to the statement across Latin American regions
  • India leading with 66% strongly agreeing

Results: Ethical Principles


‘Research and innovation should adress societal needs’

n=2047
[African=184, Arab=159, Asia and Pac= 156, Eur and N. Am=1274, Lat. Am and Car=197, India=77]

  • Overall sentiment leaning heavily on agreement
  • Highest combined dosagreement to the statement across Latin American regions
  • India leading with 66% strongly agreeing

Overall findings: Attitudes about socially responsible research/innovatiom


  • Uniformly high ‘in principle’ agreement to wide range of socially responsible research/innovation (RRI) conepts
  • Indicates general attitudionl support, although specific way this translates into practice varies dramatically

Professor Eric A. Jensen has a global reputation in social research and impact evaluation of public and stakeholder engagement with science. Jensen is currently Senior Research Fellow at ICoRSA (International Consortium of Research Staff Associations), working on the RRING (rring.eu) and GRRIP (grrip.eu) projects about responsible research and innovation.

Dr. Jensen’s track record includes over 100 publications- including peer-reviewed journal articles in Nature, Conservation Biology, Public Understanding of Science, and books and book chapters published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press, as well as high profile government-commissioned reports- and dozens of major projects on science communication, public engagement and responsible research and innovation. He has worked as an evaluation trainer, advisor and consultant for many government departments, agencies and public engagement institutions globally, such as Science Foundation Ireland, Science Gallery Dublin, the European Space Agency, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, CERN, Arts Council England, the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement, Association of Science & Technology Centers and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Jensen’s PhD is in sociology from the University of Cambridge. His expertise spans themes relating to evidence-based science communication, public engagement, research impact and responsible research and innovation policies and practices.

For access to some of Dr Jensen’s publications see:
• https://warwick.academia.edu/EricJensen
• LinkedIn Profile

Dr. Eric Jensen
ICoRSA, e.jensen@icorsa.org
Senior Research Fellow and director of ICoRSA Policy Research Unit
rring.eu
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