IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation (Register for 5 days & SAVE)

IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation (Register for 5 days & SAVE)


Regina, SK- Sep 17-19 & Oct 15-16, 2019

Edmonton, AB Oct 8-10 & Nov 4 & 5, 2019

Halifax, NS - Apr 1-3 & Apr 6-7, 2020

Good decisions don’t just happen. They take planning and effort. In the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Foundations in Public Participation course, you will learn to apply IAP2’s approach to public participation in your very next process. This course helps you gain the confidence you need to hit the ground running. The Foundations Program consists of 2 modules (5 training days in total) that can be taken either consecutively or in two segments to fit your schedule.

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Module 1 - Planning for Effective Public Participation

A major reason that initiatives fail to reach their goals is inadequate preparation. IAP2's planning module provides you with a proven structure that will greatly increase your odds of a successful project. This hands-on course gives you the opportunity to delve into your own challenges using the essential elements of effective public participation planning.

  • Evaluating the scope of a decision and identifying the processes needed.

  • Identifying the decision steps including timing and needed resources.

  • Establishing roles and responsibilities of the primary parties.

  • Developing a comprehensive, decision impact analysis to identify the stakeholder community, their concerns, and hopes.

  • Selecting the appropriate level of public participation.

  • Setting clear and achievable objectives.

  • Developing a detailed public participation plan.

  • Planning for communications initiatives that support the process.

  • Identifying appropriate evaluation tools to measure the effectiveness of the initiative.

Module 2 - Techniques for Effective Public Participation

Once you have completed the planning course, you are ready to add 50+ practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit. Working experientially with seasoned IAP2 trainers and your peers, you’ll now learn powerful techniques you can put to immediate use in your next project.

This module breaks down specific methods including World Café, Interviews, Revolving Conversations, Deliberation, and Advisory Groups. You’ll leave armed with a wealth of reference material, IAP2 tipsheets, and the ability to select appropriate procedures for each new project. You’ll also learn how to establish and maintain effective communication during the process.

Trainers at Dialogue Partners are some of the most experienced and highly sought after in Canada because:

  • Dialogue Partners has taught over 1,000 people since 2005 in the IAP2 suite of training courses

  • Our student evaluations consistently "exceed expectations"

  • Dialogue Partners creatively tailors and adapts materials to meet students’ needs and organizational realities