To define and measure society’s most pressing needs and demands, many research institutions want to place their stakeholders at the centre of research and innovation – but often they don’t know how. Now the ETHNA System project has finalised a guide on how Higher Education, Funding and Research Centres may develop stakeholder engagement strategies that support Responsible Research and Innovation.

The guide, “Mapping stakeholders and scoping involvement – A guide for HEFRCs”, is the first of three guidance documents to be published by project partner EUREC, the European Network of Research Ethics Committees. “The guide can serve as a concrete roadmap for engaging stakeholders from a wide range of societal groups who are willing to participate in a dialogue on ethical governance,” explains Lisa Häberlein, main author of the guide. “By using this guide, institutions can thus contribute to ensure that research is more responsive to society’s needs, values and expectations.”

The stakeholder mapping guide provides information for those who are new to the topic as well as for readers who want to build on already established structures for stakeholder engagement. The document includes a 6-step roadmap for identifying, analysing, mapping, prioritising, selecting and recruiting stakeholders, as well as templates making it easy to start engaging stakeholders right away.

Download the guide here 

This deliverable has not yet been reviewed by the European Commission. Its content might therefore change as a result of the review process.