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Ethical Issues in Program Evaluations of Victims of Assistance Programs
A review of the ethical issues of carrying out program evaluations of victims of assistance programs.
# 152935 | 1,723 words | 12 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 01, 2013 in Research Designs (General) , Ethics (General)

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The paper explores the research on the ethical issues related to program evaluations on human assistance programs, that include issues related to informed consent, insufficient and inadequate assistance and reliable and valid data. The paper shows how the most noteworthy challenges include seeking informed consent of the subjects and gaining their trust in order to acquire accurate and reliable data.

Ethical Issues of Conducting a Program Evaluation of Victims of Assistance Programs

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"Sherrill et al (2005) in their study found that trust can turn out to be a critical issue since a researcher who is not part of the low SES community or the ethnic, racial and religious minority may face struggle. It is imperative that researchers make efforts to establish trust before they begin their research (Sherrill et al, 2005). Loi and McDermott (2010) found, "This concern of trust may be explained, in part, by documentation status, the task of obtaining personal health information (especially from someone outside of the family), cultural deviance (i.e., behaviors that are against social norms or risky behaviors), and poverty (Loi and McDermott, 2010)."
"Martinez et al (2008), Meade et al (2001) and Lunque et al (2007) in their respective studies used gatekeepers to provide adequate access to the community or group. Gatekeepers are individuals who are part of the community and assist the researcher establish and resolve trust issues. They all found that hiring gatekeepers was an effective mechanism to establish and develop trust with the subjects. Nonetheless, they all agreed that it is the researcher's responsibility to acquire and maintain trust of the subjects."

Sample of Sources Used:

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