A key question for local agencies is the degree to which ethical
standards influence decision-making by both the agency and
individuals within the agency. The Institute for Local
Government and International City/County Management Association
have developed a tool to assist agencies in answering
To what extent do ethical standards influence decision-making by
both the agency and individuals within the agency? An
assessment can help an agency answer this question. There are
Compliance-Analyzes the degree to which one’s
ethics program meets the standards required by law and the
degree to which both the organization’s and individuals’
behavior satisfies legal requirements.
Cultural-Explores how employees and other
stakeholders feel about the organization’s standards and
behavior, including the perceived priorities and ethical
effectiveness of individuals and sub-units of the organization,
as well as the organization as a whole.
Systems-Assesses the degree to which the
ethical principles, guidelines and processes are integrated
within the organizational system.