Monitoring the evolution and benefits of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Europe has been a three-and-a-half year-long endeavour in terms of conceptual thinking, data challenges, pragmatic solutions, critical reflections and last but not least substantial findings.
The study programme started with an initial scoping of the RRI dimensions (Gender equality, Public engagement, Science literacy and science education, Open access, Ethics, and as overarching dimension Governance). A heavy data collection exercise – including the collection of existing data and the launch of different surveys – was complemented by qualitative research in the form of case study analysis and the identification of benefits. Testing the data results for robustness and significance led to identification of core indicators and a clustering of EU countries. Conceptual ideas about the identification and measurement of benefits led to the development of impact pathways, which suggest that RRI dimension