For this Assignment, review the following Case Study:
An old friend proposes to hire you as a program evaluation consultant. He is applying for a discretionary grant from the state to help expand his nonprofit after-school program dedicated to fostering a drug-free community. He has poured more than a decade into getting this program up and running, and he is passionate about its mission of serving at-risk kids. “I know I can count on you to help demonstrate the good work that my team has been doing and help us get the grant,” he says.
He is excited about the grant opportunity because he has seen changes in the youth who have been participating and he wants to ramp up the program to address the needs of youth all over the state. The grant application asks for data demonstrating previous success and justification for expansion.
You both agree that you will need to collect survey and interview data that can evaluate the current program as well as assess the needs of the population he believes to be the target population for his program, which he describes as “low-income, minority youth.” You are concerned about the narrow scope he has in mind for the needs assessment and whether he has fully considered who the program should serve. If his goal is to serve all youth across the state who are vulnerable to the influences of drugs, then perhaps this is not the only population that should be included in the needs assessment. In addition, you want to ensure that your work reflects sensitivity to a variety of cultures. When you express your concerns to your friend, he tells you, “Don’t worry about that; other groups have other programs that take care of their needs. Besides, we are more likely to get the funding if we focus on minority kids.”
The Case Study allows you to apply ethics to real-life situations and demonstrate your understanding of the decision making needed to resolve such conflicts. It is rare for an ethical dilemma to involve only one issue, so you should take the time to reflect on the complications that present themselves in the situations described in the Case Study.
For this week’s Assignment, review the overview of the five ethical decision-making models that can be found in the Learning Resources section.
- Koocher and Keith-Spiegel’s nine-step ethical decision-making model
- Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists: The 10-step ethical decision-making process
- Rest’s four-step ethical decision-making model
- Jones’s four-step intensity-contingent ethical decision-making model
- Fisher’s eight-step ethical decision-making model
For this week’s Application, submit by Day 7 a 3- to 5-page paper that includes the following:
- An explanation of the ethical dilemmas you perceive to be involved in the Case Study.
- A description of what you might do in response to the dilemma. Include the following in your explanation:
- A step-by-step application of one of the decision-making models provided above.
- An explanation of the possible outcomes for each individual in the Case Study.
- An explanation of any benefits and limitations of the model you selected.