Aanpak begeleidings ethiek

The approach to help guide ethics aims to start the dialogue about the connection between ethics and technology through a workshop.

This method was developed by the ECP Platform for the Information Provision. This is a Dutch national think tank. The approach is solely available in Dutch.

““ECP is de verbinder in Nederland als het gaat om de vertaalslag van technologie naar onze economie en samenleving. Van het duiden van impact naar het mede mogelijk maken dat Nederlandse bedrijven en overheden technologische vernieuwing op kunnen pakken. Daarbij staat de positie van de mens voor ons altijd centraal. Ondersteuning van de Dutch Blockchain Coalition, de Nederlandse AI Coalitie en de campagnes van zijn daarvan voorbeelden.””
Arie van Bellen
Directeur ECP

What you should know before reading further:

  • For whom: not specified
  • Process phase: problem analysis and ideation, evaluation and iteration
  • Control Unit: entire application, users, context AI system
  • Price: freely available


To prepare well for the use of this tool, it is important to first study the approach carefully and to go through the preparation, as indicated on pages 50 and 51. An example of this is having clear insight into which technology is involved and who the participants of the workshop are. Furthermore, make sure that the workshop participants know the context and technology that will be discussed during the activity.

You start the workshop by finding out the actors involved in the application, the values that the application touches and the possible effects in this area. In a dialogue you discuss how the different actors determine the values and effects of an AI application. But it does not stop there: it is also the intention of the workshop to discuss the different options for action. What are these? These are actions that are controlled from a) technology, b) determined by the environment or c) by use. In the document on p. 38 to 44 find many examples that give you a better idea of what exactly is meant. The purpose of discussing action options is to create an ethical mindset for all involved so that they actively think about ethical aspects while designing the AI application.


The result of this workshop is that you get a clearer picture of where ethical bottlenecks can arise in the technology you develop. The developers of this approach indicate that they do not believe in the ultimate solution, but that they see this approach as a way to make improvements during the development process. You can always improve that process even further and it may be that one workshop is not enough: by entering into a dialogue, it may turn out that more attention is needed for specific ethical issues.

The following ethical principles apply

  • human dignity
  • autonomy
  • responsibility
  • transparency
  • justice (fairness)
  • democracy and rule of law
  • safety
  • privacy
  • durability

This tool was not developed by the Knowledge Center Data & Society. We describe the tool on our website because it can help you deal with ethical, legal or social aspects of AI applications. The Knowledge Center is not responsible for the quality of the tool.