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Your Commitment

  • Actively participate in one-day orientation and all eight two-day sessions.
  • Complete homework assignments.
  • Complete one major project and one minor project during the training program.
  • Participate in effectiveness evaluations.
  • Maintain records of advocacy efforts.
  • Participate in post-training follow-up surveys.

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Ethical Obligations For Advocates

  • Fidelity: Stay faithful; keep promises; do not promise what cannot be delivered; maintain values; keep high standards; keep private matters private; maintain integrity; hold self and other advocates accountable for ethical obligations.
  • Benevolence: Improve the condition of others; act kindly; be charitable; be patient; respect differences; treat other advocates with respect and work as a team.
  • Non-maleficence: Do not injure others; “first do no harm”; understand and prevent unintended negative consequences of advocacy actions.
  • Reparation: Compensate others when you harm them; make amends for actual and perceived wrongs.
  • Gratitude: Notice and thank those who help you; do not accept personal credit.
  • Justice: Facilitate due process and fairness; recognize merit and rights.
  • Lawfulness: Do not violate the law; do not misuse or misstate the law; no unauthorized practice of law.
  • Self-improvement: Improve your abilities, standards, virtue and intelligence; practice self-care.
  • Honesty: Do not deceive others about facts or issues; be truthful; do not deceive others about your training, background or credentials.

Adapted from W. D. Ross; amended and adopted by Partners in Policymaking Graduate Institute on June 12, 2004.