Our Core Services

Facilitate Conversations

We are experts in facilitating meaningful conversations in communities, governments, and organizations. We resolve conflict and find new ways of working together. We have facilitated countless World Cafes, Talking Circles, and Deliberative Processes. These engagement activities bring communities together to share concerns, understand varying perspectives, and align on key decisions.

Tools for Organizations

Consistent best practices for engagement mark the difference between projects that move forward and projects that stagnate. Dialogue Partners can help your organization build custom engagement policies, toolkits, frameworks, and procedures. Our experts create solutions robust enough to stand the test of time, and flexible enough to respond to changing needs of the future.

Build Processes for Engagement

We work hand-in-hand with you to architect end-to-end public engagement processes that work for your organization and its stakeholders. Our values-based approach unpacks what is most important and supports finding common ground-- whether budgets, land use, environment, healthcare, energy, education or anything else. We set the stage for real, honest conversations.

 

Emergency Support

"There's a protest outside my window. Can you help me NOW?" If you find yourself in a situation where emotion and conflict have escalated and nothing else seems to work, we're the people you call. Similar to an emergency room medical team, we triage emotionally-charged situations and craft a strategy to move forward. We work with human rights, health care, budget priorities, energy, and environment. Our award-winning team brings the know-how to help you find a new way of working that will build traction and mend relationships.

Custom Training

When all is said and done, your relationships with the public and your stakeholders are what define you. You need these relationships to be strong and based in trust. That means your staff needs the skills, knowledge, and capacity to design engagement processes that work, facilitate community events, and report on public engagement activities. Our powerful training enhances the skills of your team so they can do this important work in consistent ways that leverage best practices and get real results.

Kickstart Your Project

Teams are most successful when they have important conversations up front: conversations that create common ground and align on a specific vision for project-based results. It is key to have a team on the same page before you have conversations with stakeholders. That way your tone, wording, and non-verbals all send the same message.  Through workshops, strategic planning sessions, and conflict resolution sessions, we help your team come together so you can achieve your goals.


I have been receiving nothing but positive comments from the workshop... The feedback has not only been about the content – and the fact the participants felt their opinions really mattered – but that [Dialogue Partners] led the workshop so well. [Even] people who attend workshops and meetings all the time said... ‘It was one of the best I’ve ever attended’... As the project lead [I] am pleased with everything!
— Town of Stony Plain
[My] managing director... was very happy with the input we managed to obtain from the stakeholders. I do not think he could have been happier. Kim was excellent and having her there allowed me and my team to focus our attention on the stakeholder input [rather] than on the process... We received very strong feedback from the stakeholders on the quality of the session. I thank you for the work of your firm.
— Parks Canada
I am really impressed with the material, and I have heard from many participants that they enjoyed the sessions… one person said it was the best training they have ever received! I have also received [emails] from VPs saying the tone and message was excellent.
— Horizon Health Network
We were indeed very happy with the outcomes… It was such a pleasure working with [Dialogue Partners]. Your willingness to take on this totally last minute project and run with it is really so impressive. There’s also no way we could have done all the data analysis on such a short timeframe. Thank you again so much for getting this done.
— City of Edmonton