Concept and approach

As its ultimate outcome, PRO-RES will create an Oviedo/Helsinki type framework that could apply to the full range of non-medical sciences drawing upon previous foundational work funded by the EC, and other national and international agencies. Several specific issues related to integrity in the use of research results in evidence-based policy making will be unpacked during the PRO-RES project. Understanding how each of these issues can be addressed is core to the work.

1. Identify and categorise stakeholders, guidelines and codes, across the EU area and across non-medical disciplines, to ensure that the organisation and channelling of expertise, in the context of policy advice, is well understood.

2. Drafting the Framework: PRO-RES will work towards building a research ethics and integrity framework devised cooperatively with, and seen as acceptable by, the full range of relevant stakeholders and similar in form to Oviedo/Helsinki.

3. Testing the Framework: ‘Bench testing’ of the framework (in vitro) will be conducted in ‘thought experiments’ with working groups selected from the partners.

4. Finalising the Framework / Dissemination: The final framework will incorporate all the feedback from the consultation process as well as the test cases.

5. Consultation process: the consortium will build up a core group of stakeholders and then enlarge it with the aim of promoting consensus and engagement with the project issues.

6. PRO-RES website: an Interactive virtual platform housing a living document: The framework, backed by a series of relevant resources, will be housed on a virtual interactive platform to a range of access levels which will be practically applicable to non-medical research projects from undergraduate to high level projects by fully funded professional research agencies.

7. Sustainability: of the platform and the framework needs to be taken care both from the substantive and technical point of view, for the PRO-RES framework to remain updated and in use after the end of the project.

8. Providing innovative tools for the Framework: Regulation, monitoring and assessment will aim to propose, through the Framework, a series of innovative tools with the objective of constructing key indicators to promote a virtuous use of research results.