Ethics Applied to Program Evaluation
Several ethical principles would be important for consideration concerning the evaluation of the TANF program. First is integrity. This involves behaving with transparency and honesty. To comply with this principle, the evaluator should take the following steps (American Psychological Association, 2015). First, practice open communication with all stakeholders about the evaluation process. Second, the evaluator should reveal any conflict of interest before accepting the project.
The second important principle is respect. It involves honoring the wellbeing and dignity of individuals involved in the evaluation (American Psychological Association, 2015). To comply with the principle, the evaluator should; first, value the interests of all individuals. Second, treat evaluation participants as per the professional ethics.
Third, the evaluator should consider the principle of common good and equity. This involves contributing to the common good of society. Taking the following steps should help comply with this principle. First, the evaluator should balance the interests of all stakeholders but still protect the integrity of the evaluation. Second, the evaluator should address the potential threats of the evaluation to the common good of the society (American Psychological Association, 2015).
The concepts of ethical astuteness, demonstration of ethical character, and practicing ethical acuity pertain to the three ethical principles in maintaining ethical and professional behavior in program evaluation to prevent ethical issues from occurring and address such issues if they occur (Royse et al., 2016). These concepts also relate to the three ethical principles in the anticipations of situations that require considerations of ethics in decision making. The concepts encourage program evaluators to have extensive knowledge of the guiding principles for evaluators as well as of the ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct.
American Psychological Association. (2015). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx
Royse, D., Thyer, B. A., & Padgett, D. K. (2016). Program evaluation: An introduction to an evidence-based approach (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.