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In our “Social Imapct Assessment for Socially Inlcusive and Responsible Co-creation”, we have identified the following categories as particularly relevant for the future of co-creation in Europe. By klicking on one of these categories, you will be led to a set of questions that are essential for designing, implementing and evaluating socially inclusive and responsible co-creation activities.

Co-creation activities often provide opportunities for lay people to participate in innovation processes. To ensure the participation of diverse publics, social, political and economic barriers to participation must be addressed and overcome.

While co-creation becomes more common in European innovation initiatives, there is no standardized method of how co-creation should be put into practice. To ensure meaningful participation, engagement methods must be selected/implemented with care and their results must influence the research and development process.

While many co-creation initiatives include diverse stakeholders, there are often stark power differentials between these stakeholders when it comes to decision-making. To benefit from the diverse perspectives that co-creation activities bring into conversation with each other, decision power must be shared between different actors.

Co-creation activities can produce different benefits and risks for different members of society. To avoid bias and an unequal distribution of positive and negative effects, benefits and risks must be must be critically analyzed and any bias minimized.

While many co-creation initiatives aim to address societal challenges, social innovations (i.e. non-technological solutions) are often excluded from the start. In order to benefit from co-creation as a problem-based approach to innovation, social and technological solutions must be given equal consideration.

As co-creation becomes more common in research and development projects across Europe, there is a considerable potential for knowledge transfer between different co-creation projects. Rather than a copy-and-paste approach, transfers require important adjustments to match the co-creation approach to the specific socio-cultural context.