Background and Baseline Research (Lead: ESSRG, Hungary)
The main challenges of this WP are (i) to understand the past and history of Science Shops from a transformative social innovation point of view, (ii) to identify their strengths and limitations in nurturing transformative social innovation, and (iii) to assess how science shops can build and capitalize on further public engagement activities, such as Science Cafés, in order to contribute to capacity building in social innovation.
Through these WP activities, we aim to answer the following questions: What learning ecosystems could best support science shops to prototype and explore new ways of science practices? How science shops can benefit from the best-valued practices to do more and better projects with civil society?
Co-Creating the Development and Piloting new SS models and methods (Lead: VU, The Netherlands)
This work package will co-develop new methodologies that make existing SS more collaborative and inclusive and that better accomplish the process as described by RRI, Open Science and Impact Evaluation requirements. This WP will also develop new models of SS 2.0.
Implementation, Mentoring and Scaling Up of Traditional and New SS 2.0 Models (Lead: IRSICaixa, Spain)
The aim of this WP is to coordinate the implementation of Science Shops structures and projects, and to give strong support through personalized mentoring and twinning program to new Science Shops structures and to promote international cooperation.
Training Activities to Stengthen the growth of Science Shops (Lead: UdL, France)
The overall aim of this work package is to facilitate the training of new science shops structures and their steady connection by developing training sessions, information sessions and pedagogical material tailored for the relevant stakeholders: actual or future coordinators and mediators, local communities’ representatives, academic staff/researchers, students and local authorities. The ambition is to strengthen the growth of science shop models up to the standards identified by the European Commission, in particular in terms of RRI, OSc and impact evaluation requirements, and contributing to tackle current grand challenges
Impact Evaluation (Lead: ISGlobal, Spain)
This WP proposes to review, improve and provide an impact evaluation approach to deliver the evidence and increase the effectiveness and impact of SS in the society. This WP aims to improve the impact evaluation approach of previous SS, harmonize and integrated the impact evaluation methodology in SS projects. This new impact evaluation approach will also offer a clear guidance to evaluate SS in different geographical and sectorial contexts, helping to identify and co-create with end-users relevant indicators of process and result to monitoring and evaluate the impacts before and after the implementation of the SS.
Communication (Lead: ISGlobal, Spain)
This horizontal WP will cover the communication, dissemination and exploitation activities for the project, including the development of a plan for internal and external project communication; the development of communication tools; the dissemination of the project results, and the development of an exploitation plan in order to ensure long term running of the SS activities. This horizontal WP will be fundamental to raise awareness of these research practices within the civil society, as well as other RRI stakeholders. InSPIRES will be mainly operating in territories where such practices have not yet been developed.
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