8 Key Ethics in the Participatory Assessment Process

As you hold participatory assessments with communities, you will often be asking for information that may be private or sensitive.

Respecting Your Participants in the Participatory Assessment

You want to be respectful while you want to gather accurate information. In order to balance out the respect for the participants and the needs for your participatory assessment, here are 8 important ethics to keep in mind during your discussions.

Some Ethical Guidelines to Help You During Your Participatory Assessment Discussions

  1. Participants should not be forced to participate if they do not want to.
  2. Participants should not be pushed to give information that could embarrass them in public.
  3. Inform the participants about the purpose of the assessment and its limitations in order to avoid false expectations.
  4. Participants must be told of the benefit of the information they provide. For instance, the information might be helpful to improve services for the local community but there will be no personal gain.
  5. Assure that confidentiality of information is maintained and get all participants to respect confidentiality.
  6. Allow participants to express themselves freely. Do not challenge their ideas and information.
  7. Give the name of an individual that the participants can contact in case they have any personal questions.
  8. Provide feedback on how the information they discussed will be used.