To ensure that the innovations brought forth by the Council of Projects have a maximum and positive impact on society, we adopt the principles of Responsible Research and Innovation in the design process of the project. User and stakeholder engagement play a major role in this RRI approach…
Innovation shapes the future. But which kind of future do we want?
The Council of Coaches project aims to address one of the grand challenges of our time: To create high quality health care and welfare services to ageing societies.
But as responsible and sympathetic this may sound; it still implies risks toward society at large. Thus, COUCH will develop and carry out comprehensive strategic work in order to pre-empt and actively manoeuvre around potential risks while working towards societal value.
The COUCH RRI-strategy for adding maximum societal value consists of three interlaced and on-going processes that are performed simultaneously and are mutually shaping and impacting on one another:
- Identifying the RRI-issues and societal risks that arise from the ambition of the project, developing a shared RRI vision as well as a plan for how to meet this vision.
- Stakeholder and user engagement throughout all parts of the project. Insights from stakeholders and future users are crucial for identifying the potential risks and issues that relates to the project.
- Performing socio-technical integration of the RRI-issues. Socio-technical integration is about enhancing responsible reflection in the technical work while putting all concerns and issues into play, developing specific solutions to specific RRI-issues and making sure these solutions are implemented.
These three steps will be led and facilitated by DBT in WP2 but must be achieved by all partners in all phases of the project, thus maximizing responsibility and societal value in the end product.
Responsible Research and Innovation in Council of Coaches
Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) plays a crucial role in the design process of Council of Coaches and is implemented in the project’s Work Plan as a separate work package (WP3: Responsible Research and Participatory Design) led by the Danish Board of Technology Foundation and involving all partners in the project.