The E2i project adopts a human-centred design and innovation approach to research, prototype and develop the E2i Security R&I Toolbox. Partners will work closely with potential end-users to research, define and deliver tools and support materials that meet their needs and requirements.

The Toolbox will be demonstrated on Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) Research and Innovation (R&I) projects in two focus areas:

  • Security and security behaviour in public places, public transport or mobility – in Greater Manchester, UK
  • Radicalisation, dis-integration in local communities and social media – in Lower Saxony, Germany

E2i explores approaches and processes that foster implementation of R&I outputs, including Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and design-led social innovation.

The E2i project will be implemented via a set of interconnected activities.

The Action Plan includes 07 main steps

Review of literature and good practices

Literature review on Social Innovation and security practice to ensure a shared understanding of key concepts amongst all partners. In addition, partners will engage security policymakers, practitioners and researchers in the collaborative co-creation of a conceptual model of Social Innovation as an enabler of security solutions.

Co-design and development of the E2i Security R&I Toolbox

Co-design and prototyping of tools with policymakers, practitioners, researchers and system developers, in line with the needs, values and expectations of end-users and wider society.

Defining and developing benchmarks, standards and quality criteria

Supported by E2i Advisory Board members, relevant materials and practices will be sourced and reviewed. E2i benchmarks, standards and quality criteria will be collaboratively designed and developed for validation through the E2i Symposia series.

Engaging across the quadruple helix and generating new thinking

To develop acceptable and impactful outputs, E2i engages with all parts of the quadruple helix, including security policymakers, practitioners, researchers and innovators. New thinking is being generated through E2i Symposia, DesignLabs and the E2i Student Design Challenge, with project findings shared through reports, Policy Briefings and scientific papers.

Investigation and mapping of Social Innovation in two Focus Areas

In-depth research, mapping and analysis of Social Innovation in Manchester, UK (Focus Area 1 – Security and security behaviour in public places, public transport or mobility) and Lower Saxony, Germany (Focus Area 2 – Radicalisation, disintegration in local communities and social media).

Demonstration of the E2i Security R&I Toolbox in operational contexts

The toolbox will be tested and validated by security policymakers, practitioners and researchers  in real-world scenarios in the UK and Germany.

Development of Societal Development Plan

To co-design and develop a Societal Development Plan that can guide and sustain action towards impactful, human-centred social innovation.