What is it?

Co-ResponS(H)ibility is a multi-actor platform promoted by the Living Lab for Health, within the framework of the European Xplore Health, EnRRICH and InSPIRES projects, and by the Barcelona CaixaResearch Living Lab. The objectives are to promote the transition to a more systemic and transdisciplinary affective and sexual health model and to foster changes in the R&I system inspired in the RRI initiative.

What are the objectives?

The Co-ResponS(H)ibility project promotes transforming the affective and sexual health model to a model that is more systemic and collaborative, through multi-actor communities of practice (CoPs) that share collective strategies aimed at promoting affective and sexual health in parallel with changes in the R&I system.

The purpose of the Co-ResponS(H)ibility project is to promote systemic innovation that accelerates changes towards healthier and more affective sexuality habits (pleasurable, safe, and free from coercion, discrimination, stigma or violence), accompanied by changes in the environment, all focused on solutions that achieve a better impact on people’s health and well-being of citizens (reduced incidence of diseases such as HIV and other STIs and enhanced health equality) and on sustainable development (social, economic, health and environmental levels).

Who are the participants?

The CoPs are articulated through iterative workshops, to which, to date, some experts in sexual health have contributed:

  • Health field: health service professionals, such as healthcare or public health professionals.
  • Technology, research and innovation field: researchers from universities and research centres.
  • Education field: representatives of academic education (teachers, family associations, etc.) and extra-curricular education (libraries, civic centres, leisure organisations, etc.).
  • Communication field: experts in communication and marketing.
  • Social and community field: representatives of civil society organisations, patients' associations, social workers, etc.
  • Economic field: representatives of industry, distribution and marketing processes, agents promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Institutional field: representatives of public administration and financial organisations.

By 2020, more than 40 stakeholders from more than 20 different organisations have participated. In 2021, further cycles of workshops will be held, in which more than 50 stakeholders from 35 different organisations are expected to participate.


Strategic Collective Action Plan

The CoPs, drawing on a wide range of actors, are developing a Strategic Collective Action Plan to promote changes in the way we promote affective and sexual health. The dynamic and iterative process has involved the actors participating in various workshop cycles organized since 2016, which have enabled them to acquire systemic knowledge and develop an innovative methodology aimed at fostering systemic and collaborative innovation.

Further information on the first part of the process here.

The methodology includes an analysis of the complexity of existing obstacles to promoting affective and sexual health and a definition of a vision for the future. This diagnosis will be focused on systemic innovation in terms of influential solutions to promote changes in collaborative governance, education, communication and in access to preventive and diagnostic methods and health and other services.

Workshops organized to implement this methodology during the 2020-2021 academic year will culminate in the development of a Strategic Collective Action Plan to promote changes in the model for promoting affective and sexual health. The next step will be to explore how to foster collective implementation. This last stage has the collaboration of the InSPIRES project and the Barcelona CaixaResearch Living Lab.


Implementation of priorities identified during the process

During 2017-2019, research projects focused on research priorities identified during a first series of workshops were implemented. Since the project was then focused on the prevention of HIV and other STIs, most of those projects refer to HIV. As a result of the contributions of the participants, the project has now shifted its focus towards a more health- rather than disease-focused approach, and now focuses to the promotion of affective and sexual health.

The implemented projects, which followed the Science Shops methodology promoting open and inclusive research, are listed as follows:

  • Access to HIV diagnostic tests by teenagers in Catalonia. Further information here.
  • Community participatory research in collaboration with secondary school students on stigma associated with HIV. Further information here.
  • An integrative secondary school proposal to include affective and sexual health in the secondary syllabus in collaboration with students. Further information here.
  • A social network campaign to promote the HIV test based on an analysis of users’ needs. Further information here.
  • Experiences and values of social actors involved in the Co-ResponS(H)ibility project. Further information here.

Some of the projects were presented at a CosmoCaixa conference in collaboration with the InSPIRES and Xplore Health projects. Further information here (ES/CAT).


Further information

For more detailed information on the Co-ResponS(H)ibility platform or the InSPIRES project, or to participate in our CoPs, email us at or visit the project website at


InSPIRES has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 programme under Agreement 741677.

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