VERITY provides open access to all results and materials developed within the project

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Our Zenodo hub serves as a central repository aimed at facilitating access to all the VERITY project’s public deliverables and datasets associated with the project even during their review by the European Commission.

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This platform allows you to explore a wide range of resources, including project deliverables that offer insights into our progress, findings, and scientific outcomes. We are committed to making these documents accessible to the public, fostering transparency and knowledge sharing.

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Additionally, our Zenodo community hosts datasets and open data associated with the VERITY project, providing researchers, policymakers, journalists and stakeholders with valuable information for further analysis, innovation, and decision-making.

As an open science initiative, our goal is to ensure that society can benefit from ongoing development and research efforts.

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Understanding Trust and Mistrust in Science

In this section you will find the results of our research work and efforts to answer the question:
“What factors are associated with public trust in science in the literature?”

This deliverable presents a thorough analysis of the results of various European Union (EU) funded projects that dealt – directly or indirectly – with the issues of trust in science and science-society co-creation. It is guided by the three following objectives:

  1. To review and systematise the results of previous projects regarding the issues of public trust in science and science-society co-creation.

  2. To examine what kind of tools these projects used and present their main findings.

  3. To identify the most important shortcomings and barriers in these approaches.

The report has been produced for the purposes of T1.2 Analysis of results and outputs of EU projects in WP1 Getting insights on mistrust in science and challenges to science society co-creation of the VERITY project.

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The present deliverable provides a summary of a systematic literature review on the topic of trust in science, and it has been produced for the purposes of T1.1. Systematic Literature Review of the VERITY project.

The performed systematic literature review is based on a total of 83 articles, carefully selected after screening 546 articles. The selected articles provide empirical results from various scientific disciplines (e.g., social and educational psychology, medicine, science education, science communication), which were carefully collected and analysed in order to answer the following research question: What factors are associated with public trust in science in the literature?

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This deliverable report presents a thorough analysis of data collected from a series of 14 focus groups and 10 individual interviews conducted in the context of T1.3 ’Focus Groups with Citizens’. The task aimed to gain a multi-stakeholder perspective on what affects trust in science, and how it could be enhanced. To achieve this objective, focus groups and interviews were conducted across three different stakeholder groups: general public, journalists and researchers.

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This deliverable presents the results of the research conducted in the context of T1.4 and examines the factors that influence public trust in science by studying data from online social networks. The main objectives of the analysis are:

  1. Find potential ways to identify the credibility of information circulated over online social networks.
  2. Identify social media users’ characteristics and recognise their typology.
  3. Distinguish communities (group of users) of the same beliefs.
  4. Identify social media users’ topics of high interest.
  5.  Identify the profile of social media accounts that tend to promote unreliable sources in terms of impact.
  6. Detect potential factors that can influence the judgement of users by addressing their sentiments and stances.

 

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Understanding the ecosystem of trust and the role of the stewards of trust

In this section you will find the results of our efforts to mobilize the project stakeholders, raise and sustain their interest in the project topics, as well as to ensure their engagement and commitment to VERITY’s goals.

The report explains the objectives of the stakeholder engagement strategy in VERITY, provides an overview of the envisaged engagement activities in different work packages (WP) and related tasks, specifies the types of stakeholder engagement formats, and describes the criteria and determining factors for stakeholder mapping, including the distinction between stewards of trust and other relevant stakeholders.

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Investigating and evaluating strategies, tools, and methods to guide trust


Here are available our reports from the conducted activities related to exploring and evaluating strategies, methods and tools for increasing trust in science and addressing challenges of science-society co-creation and science communication.

In T3.1 we conducted a systematic review with the objective of identifying and categorising evidence-based practises that can be implemented to increase societal trust or to address societal mistrust in science. To identify all relevant evidence-based practises, reduce study selection bias, and increase the reproducibility of our methods, the systematic review methodology was deemed necessary.  

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This deliverable reports the results of engagement with key Stewarts of Trust and the exploration of one of the core questions of the VERITY project: ‘how trust is built’? This was achieved by identifying, evaluating, and categorising strategies and methods of addressing mistrust in science through a multi-stakeholder consultation process. The process encompassed 21 expert interviews and 3 focus group discussions held in Austria, Belgium, and Greece. These interviews and focus groups provided an opportunity to bring together a diverse number of Stewarts of Trust, including researchers, science communicators, policymakers, industry actors, journalists, and digital activists and the process aimed to replicate a model of the Ecosystem of Trust to enhance understanding of the interlinked roles of Stewards of Trust in fostering trust in science.

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This deliverable reports the results of a vignette survey study carried out in four European countries (Austria, Cyprus, Greece and Spain) with 155 citizens. Our objective was to explore whether methods addressing societal mistrust in science that were identified in previous VERITY deliverable D3.2 (Focus groups with Stewards of Trust investigating and evaluating methods to guide trust in science) work differently for two citizen groups with varying levels of trust in science.

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Creating the framework to enhance trust in science

In this section are published the main project deliverables that analyze and build upon all previous findings and results. Here you will find a systemized recommendations to the key actors for designing and implementing policies and measures aimed at fostering trust in science.

Policy Briefs

The VERITY project produces 2 policy briefs aimed at informing EU policymakers and officials involved in the implementation of the European Research Area Policy Agenda 2021-2024 and EU Missions related to citizen engagement activities.

Societal trust in the research system and confidence in its outcomes is vital to ensure the EU’s contribution to attain the Sustainable Development Goals and to achieve the European Green Deal targets. It is equally important for the uptake of innovation in society and for making further steps towards engaging citizens in R&I policies. 

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