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IAP2: Foundations in Public Participation

Training Today's Practitioners for Tomorrow's Challenges

The landscape of public participation is changing and a proven framework for public participation has never been more essential!  People want and need to be involved as decisions are made.  Those of us managing public participation processes must ensure that it happens in a respectful, positive, and effective way that creates the best possible outcomes for all concerned. 

IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation is the preferred training for public participation programs across industries, governments and the not-for-profit sector. (More about the IAP2 Federation)

Foundations in Public Participation is a professional development program designed with the input of successful practitioners who work with diverse populations and divergent circumstances throughout the world.  This program is divided into two modules, each focusing on one of the two major phases of public participation – planning and techniques.

This program will let you hit the ground running – armed with the knowledge and confidence you need to plan and execute effective initiatives for any area in which you may be working.  Upon completion of both modules, participants will receive a certificate of completion from IAP2. 

Planning for Effective P2

This is the first module of the Foundations program and runs for 3 days. 

 A major reason that initiatives fail to reach their goals is inadequate preparation.  The planning module provides you with a proven structure for developing a public participation plan that will fit any size of project.  Participants will learn the importance of defining a project scope, setting clear objectives, delivering a promise to the public, and determining the appropriate level of public participation. In addition, the course will cover how every public participation initiative must be accompanied by a communications strategy and evaluation plan.  

 *NOTE: Planning for Effective P2 is a prerequisite for Techniques for Effective P2

Techniques for Effective P2

 This is the second module of the Foundations program and runs for 2 days.  

 Once you have completed the planning course, you are ready to add 50+ practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit.  This course provides an introduction to a range of practical tools and techniques, including which are appropriate to use at all five levels of IAP2's Public Participation Spectrum.  In addition, participants will have an opportunity to try out or observe a number of specific techniques including World Cafe, Interviews, Card Storming, Revolving Conversation, and more.  You'll leave with a wealth of reference materials, IAP2 tip sheets, and a process to pick the appropriate techniques to meet your objectives. 

IAP2: Strategies for Dealing with Opposition & Outrage in P2

This course brings together the collective knowledge and experience of outrage management as taught by Dr. Peter Sandman, and public participation as practiced by IAP2. The course is highly interactive and uses a range of methods including: case studies, video clips, tools and techniques used in public participation, time for personal reflection, group discussion, and application of strategies.This 2-day course will help you to build your skills for dealing with opposition and outrage by demonstrating:

  • a new way to think about and analyze outrage
  • how and why certain common factors contribute to outrage
  • the link between public participation and outrage management
  • six strategies for assessing, addressing and managing outrage
  • how to apply the principles & strategies as you develop your P2 approach

IAP2: P2 for Senior Executives/Decision Makers

Do you want your senior administrators to know more about why public participation is important to your organization? This course focuses on the public participation foundations from a decision maker’s point of view. It examines the costs and benefits of public participation, discusses when and when not to involve the public in an organizational decision, and emphasizes the importance of both the decision being made and the promise to the public. Finally, the session provides an overview of what the decision maker should know about the role of the public participation practitioner.

*NOTE: Available as in-house training only. 


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