A Fail-Safe 10-point Plan for Stakeholder Engagement

For responsible research to be made meaningful, it must be communicated to all relevant stakeholders in the most effective ways and at the most opportune times. This is not a easy task, yet stakeholder engagement is fundamental to project success and achieving the expected impact. Importantly, it is often mandatory in a third-party funding context.


OXIPRO partners SB Science Management (SBSM) and REDINN, have just published a succinct, practical guide to planning stakeholder engagement, titled ‘Ten simple rules on how to develop a stakeholder engagement plan’. Led by Susanne Hollmann (SBSM), the paper addresses the challenges inherent in effective stakeholder engagement through a ten-point plan that provides a structured workflow.


The paper offers pragmatic guidelines to fostering positive reactions to the results and benefits generated by a project, thereby facilitating wider acceptance and uptake of research outcomes through two-way communication (interpersonal communication) with researchers.


The paper is a must-read for anyone involved in stakeholder engagement.


Citation: Hollmann S, Regierer B, Bechis J, Tobin L, D’Elia D (2022) Ten simple rules on how to develop a stakeholder engagement plan. PLoS Comput Biol 18(10): e1010520. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1010520This publication is based on outputs of the COST Action CHARME supported by COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology (https://www.cost.eu) funding agreement CA15110, results of the project OXIPRO funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (https://ec.europa.eu) under Grant Agreement No. 101000607 and SB Science Management UG (www.sb-sciencemanagement.com).

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