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Deliverable 2 of Create Acceptance: An overview of gaps in the Socrobust tool and proposals on how to integrate this missing information in WP3
Poti, B.M.; Mourik, R.; Raven, R.P.J.M.; Jolivet, E.; Alcantud Torrent, A.; Bauknecht, D.; Brohmann, B.; Difiore, M.; Feenstra, C.F.J.; Fritsche, U.R.; Fucskó, J.; Heiskanen, E.; Hodson, M.; Maack, M.H.; Oniszk-Poplawska, A.; Schaefer, B.
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ECN Policy Studies 31-7-2007
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ECN-E--07-050 ECN publication
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In this second task the limits of the original Socrobust methodology have been identified on the basis of the competences and experiences of partners of the Acceptance projects. First general decisions had to be made concerning the aim and intended results of the Create Acceptance tool, the intended users of the new tool, the fields of application (kind of innovation; phase of innovation) of the tool and the intended usability of the tool after this project has ended (stand alone or need for consultants). After these decisions were made each partner identified other limits of the original tool which were translated in specific questions and recommendations for development of the new tool. The identified limits of the original tool dealt with the lack of attention for the classification of demo projects; regime analysis; dynamics of innovation practice; market and industry analysis; stakeholder involvement; stakeholder identification; stakeholder representation and stakeholder selection; actors taxonomy; power relations between actors; stakeholder motivation; risk communication and trust issues; the role of intermediary organizations; use of descriptive and normative scenarios; need for multi-stakeholder present and future networks and pathways. The original Socrobust is a method of assessment based on one stakeholder in the relevant position of managing an innovation project. It was aimed at reflection and learning and less aimed at action and implementation. The WP1 report is an introduction to the original Socrobust toolkit and a critical review of its suitability to measure, promote and support social acceptance of innovative RES and RUE technologies. In general it can be stated that the existing steps and most of the instruments of the original Socrobust toolkit can be maintained, but that additions and small alterations need to be made if the tool is to function as a tool that assists multiple relevant stakeholders simultaneously instead of only the direct developers or innovators. In addition, the Socrobust instruments need additions and alterations to function as a toolkit that can measure societal robustness and create a platform to involve relevant stakeholders in the process of developing a socially robust product. The above briefly discussed results and recommendations are the starting point for the consortium’s efforts in WP3, where Socrobust will be developed into a new toolkit and methodology for Create Acceptance.

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