If you’re a charity and a social good organisation you’ll be working hard for the public good. It means you’ll be at an advantage when you develop online services and manage community data. Your good practice encourages good practices.
Consequence scanning will help you spot any ethical risks in your digital and technology based services. It’s a process that:
Ask your board to consider the organisation’s ethical values and how they prioritise them.
With these answers you can start to reduce your risks. This is a process similar to any other type of risk assessment.
Consequence scanning is a very practical tool. You can do it in any time frame. For instance, spend 15 minutes assessing a low-risk situation. Work as a team over a longer period to address high-risk ethical challenges. Consequence scanning has the most impact when you include the community you're aiming to help and support in your process.
Whoever you want to help, there’s power in including a diversity of perspectives. People who don’t reflect your personality or cultural background will provide alternative points of view. This gives you a better chance of unlocking new opportunities.
Learn how agencies that use consequence scanning all the time do this. These articles are written for people who don’t mind dealing with some technical language.
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