Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for the Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation

In accordance with the objectives of the call, the project’s main objective will be to develop a methodological framework for assessing and managing sustainable innovation through wider public engagement in the RTDI system by ensuring the commitment of a broad spectrum of societal stakeholders, including industry, research organisations, policy-makers, academia and science institutes, civil society organisations, media and the general public.

In achievement of the overall objective of the proposed action, the specific objectives include:

Specific Objective 1: Development of a working definition of sustainable innovation, building on the most common definitions, academic literature as well as expert advice internal and external to the project consortium;

Specific Objective 2: The inclusion of general public concerns in assessing the social impact of this kind of innovation on society in consultation workshops. Issues such as participation in the development of innovation, inclusiveness, ethics, gender and open access will be considered in these sessions.

Specific Objective 3: Development of a common understanding of best practices in sustainable innovation management;

Specific Objective 4: Development of a framework for assessment and management of sustainable innovation.

Specific Objective 5: Development of specific policy recommendations on how to improve innovation management and how sustainability considerations can be incorporated into it based on the findings of the assessment framework and public consultations.

A number of activities within CASI are dedicated to policy watch and provision of policy recommendations such as: EU-level policy debates monitoring; national policy debates monitoring; development of policy briefs containing information on European and national level documents (both strategic and legislative) on sustainable innovation as well as sustainable innovation-related initiatives; online platform/policy blog, containing various important documents on sustainable innovation and providing a platform for discussing the issue; policy dialogues among relevant stakeholders on national level; a European level policy conference; development of national and European level policy recommendations.