Researching and Improving the Effectiveness of Ethics Training
In: Lawton, A. van der Wal, Z. & Huberts, L. (Eds.). Ethics in Public Policy and Management: A global research companion. New York: Routledge, 198-212. 2015
25 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2015 Last revised: 23 Nov 2016
Date Written: 2015
This chapter starts out with a review of existing evaluation research on ethics training. This not only generates some useful insights but also reveals some important methodological and theoretical problems. As for the latter, specifications of the main variables are often vague, resulting in equally vague hypotheses, difficult to falsify or corroborate. The chapter hopes to address these concerns by proposing a conceptualization of both the independent variable, ‘ethics training’, and dependent variable, ‘ethical competence’. These could constitute the main building blocks for a conceptual framework that can be used for cumulative evaluation research of very different ethics training programs with various training objectives.
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