impact assessment and risk management services
for business, technology, and innovation
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Ethics Risk Management is a proactive investment in mitigating potential problems in a business or project. Moving beyond an outdated ‘compliance culture’, ethics risk management builds stakeholder trust and a strong reputation for integrity.
Ethics Impact Assessment identifies the likely impact – positive and negative – of a product, a project (etc.) on key stakeholders. This is an essential step in maximising societal acceptability and developing a competitive advantage in your marketplace.
Research & Ethics Management
Synectika’s consultancy services are grounded in our research into the ethical and societal impact of business, technology, and innovation. As well as primary research, we provide support services for research ethics and data management.
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Synectika focuses on providing a simple, structured management model, tailored to you the client. This approach ensures that ethical, privacy and societal risks are comprehensively identified, mitigated and tracked. Going beyond a ‘compliance-culture’ approach, we support our clients in developing a strong reputation for integrity.
- Organisational risk management model (including tailored implementation)
- Risk management for project/technology development
- Ethics policies, procedures, codes of conduct, and training
To understand what impact a product (service, technology, etc.) will have, it is necessary to consider many contextual factors. Contexts are complex, dynamic, and multi-dimensional: therefore our analysis of a product’s impact – based on our proprietary methodology, ARMADA – is complex, dynamic, and multi-dimensional too. From this complexity we distil a core of simplicity: actionable recommendations, tailored to the specific needs and organisational capacities of our clients.
- Ethical Impact Assessment (includes PIA)
- Privacy Impact Assessment (available independently of EIA)
- Support for implementation of recommendations
Our research focuses on ethics, privacy, societal impact, and policy analysis. Recent topics include: data ethics; biometrics; internet-based intelligence; security and surveillance; crisis response and disaster management; and informed consent. We also oversee research ethics and privacy management in projects, ensuring that ethics risks are properly managed. Typical support tools include: research ethics and data protection checklists; roadmaps and templates for obtaining Research Ethics Committee and Data Protection Authority approvals; and a ‘helpdesk service’ for urgent enquiries.
- Research partnering (especially Horizon 2020)
- Ethics management (including research ethics and data management)
Synectika Research and Consulting Ltd
At Synectika we believe that the goals of business and society are, ultimately, entwined. We believe in sustainable business growth through responsible innovation and technology development. Our services aim at aligning ethics, privacy, and societal interests with business and technology goals.
Synectika is a UK company, founded in 2014, based in Keynsham (near Bristol and Bath). We serve businesses and technology developers in the UK and Europe. We have team members based in the UK, Brussels, and Rome.