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Foundations in Public Participation

Foundations in Public Participation was designed with the input of successful practitioners who work with diverse populations and divergent circumstances throughout the world. The course is divided into two modules, each focusing on one of the two major phases of public participation, planning and techniques. Upon completion of both modules, you will receive a certificate of completion from IAP2.

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Who should take this training?

Regardless of the arena in which you work, IAP2’s Foundations in Public Participation can broaden your toolkit and bring greater creativity to your approach. This programme will give you a broad-based understanding of how public participation works across the world.

Foundations is right for anyone working for or involved in public participation and community engagement projects in:

  • Government—municipalities, state and provincial agencies
  • Corporations
  • Utilities
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Community Organisations
  • Universities

Planning for Effective Public Participation
(Three Days)

A major reason that initiatives fail to reach their goals is inadequate preparation. Our 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.
  • This course is a prerequisite for the subsequent module, Techniques for Effective Public Participation.

Techniques for Effective Public Participation (Two Days)

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.

IAP2 Foundations Certificate in Public Participation

The Foundations Certificate in Public Participation program has been replaced by Foundations in Public Participation. Participants who completed the former 2-Day Planning course without completing Communications may register for the third day of Planning (1 Day) and the 2-Day Techniques course to complete the Foundations in Public Participation program. Please see the Training Calendar for dates and locations.

Calendar - Upcoming Foundations Training Sessions

Upcoming Foundations training sessions

    • 10 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 20 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Online

    Taught by Delaney, this is part 1 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

    Find more information about the Foundations course and register here.


    • 24 Aug 2020
    • (MDT)
    • 27 Aug 2020
    • (MDT)
    • Online
    The Canadian Trainers Collective is pleased to offer the online version of Planning for Effective Public Participation. Planning is the first of the two modules of the Foundations training program and we will be offering the second module, Techniques, online in November 2020. The virtual Planning course will be delivered over 4 days, August 24-27 with 2 sessions per day. For more information and how to register please see our website


    (Canadian Trainers' Collective, l-r Gale Simpson, Lara Tierney, Gay Robinson, Jan Bloomfield)

    • 26 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 28 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 15
    Register

    Once you’ve completed IAP2 Planning for Effective Public Participation, 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.

    This is part two of Foundations two modulesThe Planning Module is a prerequisite to Techniques.

    PLEASE NOTE:International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to obtain it.

    Please note that scheduling online training is very different from face-to-face. This virtual course will be offered in five, three and two hour segments with multiple sessions over the week (both in morning and afternoon). Just like the face-to-face training, we expect all participants to attend all sessions listed in the event.

    Cancellation policy

    Learning Objectives

    Participants who have completed the Techniques course will be able to:

    • Understand key characteristics of a wide variety of traditional and emerging techniques and technologies

    • Assess and select techniques to meet identified public participation objectives

    • Modify and combine techniques to meet various objectives and circumstances

    • Determine the skills and resources needed to use different techniques effectively

      Course Overview
      • Review of Planning for Effective Public Participation
      • Inclusive design
      • Techniques to Share information
      • Techniques to Collect & Compile Input
      • Online Engagement
      • Techniques to Bring People Together
      • Open Public Forums
      • Specialized Processes
      • Representative Processes
      • Advisory Committees
      • Technique Selection Exercise
      Trainer: Tannis Topolnisky, CP3

      Tannis Topolnisky

      Tannis has 18 years of public engagement experience and has been a licensed trainer of the IAP2 Foundations and IAP2 for Decision Makers courses since 2011.  Her passion is in creating the space where people come together to make a difference in the individual, the organization, their relationships and beyond into programs, policies and decision making. She has experience in a wide diversity of projects where impacts on health, livelihood, relationships, well-being and community are most common.  She has worked with organizations and on projects that have received national and international recognition of excellence, including IAP2 Canada and IAP2 International Core Values Awards.  She is an IAP2 mentor for new practitioners and an assessor for new IAP2 Foundations candidate trainers.

       “What is a teacher? I'll tell you: it isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.” – Paulo Coelho

      • 14 Sep 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 18 Sep 2020
      • (PDT)
      • Online

      Taught by Delaney, this is part 1 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

      Find more information about the Foundations course and register here.


      • 21 Sep 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 23 Sep 2020
      • (PDT)
      • Vancouver

      Taught by Jessica Delaney CP3, this is part 1 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

      Find more information about the Foundations course here.

      Part 2 of the program will take place September 24 & 25 in Vancouver.


      • 24 Sep 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 25 Sep 2020
      • (PDT)
      • Vancouver

      This is Part 2 of the IAP2 Foundations course, taught by Jessica Delaney CP3.

      This is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

      Find more information here.



      • 28 Sep 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 30 Sep 2020
      • (PDT)
      • Edmonton

      The Canadian Trainers' Collective presents this 3-day module in the IAP2 Canada Foundations course in Edmonton. The second module (Techniques) will take place in Edmonton, Oct 1-2. The Foundations course is a prerequisite for IAP2 Certification. For more information and how to register please see our website.

      NB: Early-bird discount ends August 17, 2020.

      (Canadian Trainers' Collective, l-r Gale Simpson, Lara Tierney, Gay Robinson, Jan Bloomfield)

      • 01 Oct 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 02 Oct 2020
      • (PDT)
      • Edmonton

      The Canadian Trainers' Collective presents the second module in the IAP2 Canada Foundations course in Edmonton. The Foundations course is a prerequisite for IAP2 Certification. For more information and how to register please see our website.

      NB: Early-bird discount ends August 17, 2020.

      (Canadian Trainers' Collective, l-r Gale Simpson, Lara Tierney, Gay Robinson, Jan Bloomfield)

      • 05 Oct 2020
      • (MDT)
      • 08 Oct 2020
      • (MDT)
      • Online

      Taught by Kim Hyshka and Tannis Topolnisky, this live and interactive online training will have you ready to apply IAP2's approach to public participation in your next project. Planning is the first of two modules of the Foundations training program.  Module 2, Techniques for Effective Public Participation, will be available for online delivery soon!

      Completion of Foundations is a pre-requisite for IAP2 Certification.

      Find more information and register here.




      • 05 Oct 2020
      • (EDT)
      • 09 Oct 2020
      • (EDT)
      • 9 sessions
      • Zoom
      • 19
      Register

      IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation: Planning for Effective Public Participation 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. Our 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.

      This is part one of Foundations two modules. Please see our website for when the second module, Techniques, is being offered.

      PLEASE NOTE:International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to obtain it.

      Please note that scheduling online training is very different from face-to-face. This virtual course will be offered in nine segments with multiple sessions over the week (both in morning and afternoon). Just like the face-to-face training, we expect all participants to attend all sessions listed in the event.

      Note that the session time is Eastern Time.

      Participants will be given a small group to work in and given assignments that they need to complete throughout the week together. Participants will need to coordinate themselves and find time on their own to do this. There will also be individual readings/assignments - to be completed before or in-between virtual sessions.

      Cancellation policy

      Learning Objectives

      Participants who complete the Planning course will be able to:

      • Understand and apply the IAP2 Foundations for effective public participation.
      • Articulate and assess the benefits and risks of integrating public participation into decision- making.
      • Develop appropriate public participation objectives that clarify the public’s role and are aligned with and support the decision process.
      • Identify stakeholders and their needs and expectations, and select ways to effectively engage them in a decision process.
      • Develop and implement a comprehensive and effective public participation plan.
      • Integrate communication strategies to reach and engage the public and support the public participation process.
      • Evaluate public participation processes being used and outcomes
      Course Overview
      • What is Public Participation?
      • Who is the Public?
        • The Orbits of Public Participation
        • Hard-to-Reach Stakeholders and Striving for Inclusive Participation
      • IAP2’s Foundations of Public Participation
        • Foundation 1: Values-Based What are Values? and why are they important in P2?
          —IAP2’s Core Values for the Practice of Public Participation
          —IAP2's Code of Ethics
        • Foundation 2: Decision-Oriented
        • Foundation 3: Goal-Driven
          —IAP2s Public Participation Spectrum
      • IAP2’s Five Steps for Public Participation Planning
        • Planning Step 1: Gain Internal Commitment -- the decision maker; organization; and preliminary decision description, stakeholder list, spectrum level
        • Planning Step 2: Learn from the Public
        • Planning Step 3: Select the Level of Participation
        • Planning Step 4: Define the Decision Process and Identify the Public Participation and Communication Objectives
        • Planning Step 5: Write the P2 plan including selecting techniques, assessing needed and available resources and planning for evaluation
      • Digging Deeper
        • Public Participation Planning and Effective Communication
        • Learning Styles and Public Participation
        • Helping People Move from Positions to Interests
        • Engaging Indigenous, Marginalized and Other Excluded Groups or Missing Voices
        • Dealing with Emotions—Outrage, Fear and Anger—in Public Settings and the Importance of Empathy and Building Relationships
        • Closing the Loop with Stakeholders
        • Attitude is Everything
      • Wrap up & Closure

      Trainer: Lara Tierney, CP3 

      Lara became a licensed trainer in 2014 and in 2019 became a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3). She has been working in the field of public participation for 15 years. Her experience is both from municipal (The CIty of Calgary) and consulting perspectives. She enjoys working on projects in diverse fields including community development, land use planning, transportation, open spaces, law and the arts. She is currently working in Stakeholder Relations for a mega LRT project. Lara was pleased to be able to train the IAP2 Foundations Planning course virtually with a group of participants from BC to Newfoundland.

      • 06 Oct 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 08 Oct 2020
      • (PDT)
      • Edmonton

      Taught by Kim Hyshka and Tannis Topolnisky, this three-day module is the first section of the IAP2 Foundations course, presented by Dialogue Partners. The second module will be offered in Edmonton, November 17-18, 2020.

      Completion of Foundations is a pre-requisite for IAP2 Certification.

      Find more information and register here.
                         
       

             



      Kim Hyshka

      Tannis Topolnisky

                                              









      Tannis Topolnisky

                               

      • 14 Oct 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 16 Oct 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 5 sessions
      • Zoom
      • 20
      Register

      Once you’ve completed IAP2 Planning for Effective Public Participation, 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.

      This is part two of Foundations two modulesThe Planning Module is a prerequisite to Techniques.

      PLEASE NOTE:International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to obtain it.

      Please note that scheduling online training is very different from face-to-face. This virtual course will be offered in five, three and two hour segments with multiple sessions over the week (both in morning and afternoon). Just like the face-to-face training, we expect all participants to attend all sessions listed in the event.

      Cancellation policy

      Learning Objectives

      Participants who have completed the Techniques course will be able to:

      • Understand key characteristics of a wide variety of traditional and emerging techniques and technologies

      • Assess and select techniques to meet identified public participation objectives

      • Modify and combine techniques to meet various objectives and circumstances

      • Determine the skills and resources needed to use different techniques effectively

        Course Overview
        • Review of Planning for Effective Public Participation
        • Inclusive design
        • Techniques to Share information
        • Techniques to Collect & Compile Input
        • Online Engagement
        • Techniques to Bring People Together
        • Open Public Forums
        • Specialized Processes
        • Representative Processes
        • Advisory Committees
        • Technique Selection Exercise
        Trainer: Lara Tierney, CP3

        Lara became a licensed trainer in 2014 and in 2019 became a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3). She has been working in the field of public participation for 15 years. Her experience is both from municipal (The CIty of Calgary) and consulting perspectives. She enjoys working on projects in diverse fields including community development, land use planning, transportation, open spaces, law and the arts. She is currently working in Stakeholder Relations for a mega LRT project. Lara was pleased to be able to train the IAP2 Foundations Planning course virtually with a group of participants from BC to Newfoundland.
        • 19 Oct 2020
        • (EDT)
        • 21 Oct 2020
        • (EDT)
        • Calgary

        Taught by Richard Delaney, this is part 1 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

        Find more information about the Foundations course here.

        Part 2 of the program is scheduled for October 22 & 23 in Calgary.



        • 21 Oct 2020
        • (PDT)
        • 23 Oct 2020
        • (PDT)
        • Halifax, NS

        Taught by Kim Hyshka, this three-day module is the first section of the IAP2 Foundations course, presented by Dialogue Partners. The second module will be offered in Halifax, October 26-27, 2020

        Completion of Foundations is a pre-requisite for IAP2 Certification.

        Find more information and register here.
                           

               



        Kim Hyshka                       

        • 22 Oct 2020
        • (EDT)
        • 23 Oct 2020
        • (EDT)
        • Calgary

        This is Part 2 of the IAP2 Foundations course, taught by Richard Delaney.

        This is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

        Find more information here.



        • 26 Oct 2020
        • (CDT)
        • 27 Oct 2020
        • (CDT)
        • Halifax, NS

        This is the second module in the IAP2 Foundations course. Completion of this course is a prerequisite for IAP2 professional certification.

        Find more information and register here.

        Your trainer: Kim Hyshka     




        • 26 Oct 2020
        • (PDT)
        • 30 Oct 2020
        • (PDT)
        • Online

        Taught by Delaney, this is part 1 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

        Find more information about the Foundations course and register here.


        • 02 Nov 2020
        • (PST)
        • 04 Nov 2020
        • (PST)
        • Vancouver

        The Canadian Trainers' Collective presents this 3-day module in the IAP2 Canada Foundations course in Vancouver. The second module (Techniques) will take place in Vancouver, November 5-6. The Foundations course is a prerequisite for IAP2 Certification. For more information and how to register please see our website.

        NB: Early-bird discount ends September 21, 2020.

        (Canadian Trainers' Collective, l-r Gale Simpson, Lara Tierney, Gay Robinson, Jan Bloomfield)

        • 05 Nov 2020
        • (PST)
        • 06 Nov 2020
        • (PST)
        • Vancouver

        The Canadian Trainers' Collective presents the second module in the IAP2 Canada Foundations course in Vancouver. The Foundations course is a prerequisite for IAP2 Certification. For more information and how to register please see our website.

        NB: Early-bird discount ends September 21, 2020.

        (Canadian Trainers' Collective, l-r Gale Simpson, Lara Tierney, Gay Robinson, Jan Bloomfield)

        • 16 Nov 2020
        • (EST)
        • 18 Nov 2020
        • (EST)
        • Toronto

        Taught by Richard Delaney, this is part 1 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

        Find more information about the Foundations course here.

        Part 2 of the program is scheduled for November 19 & 20 in Toronto.


        • 17 Nov 2020
        • (CST)
        • 18 Nov 2020
        • (CST)
        • Edmonton

        This is the second module in the IAP2 Foundations course. Completion of this course is a prerequisite for IAP2 professional certification.

        Find more information and register here.

        Your trainers:




        Kim Hyshka            

                                           

        Tannis Topolnisky





        • 17 Nov 2020
        • (MST)
        • 19 Nov 2020
        • (MST)
        • Online
        The Canadian Trainers Collective is pleased to offer the online version of Techniques for Effective Public Participation. Techniques is the second of the two modules of the Foundations training program. The virtual training will be delivered over 3 days, November 17-19 with 2 sessions per day on the 17th & 18th and one on the 19th. For more information and how to register please see our website


        (Canadian Trainers' Collective, l-r Gale Simpson, Lara Tierney, Gay Robinson, Jan Bloomfield)

        • 19 Nov 2020
        • (EST)
        • 20 Nov 2020
        • (EST)
        • Toronto

        This is Part 2 of the IAP2 Foundations course, taught by Richard Delaney.

        This is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

        Find more information here.



        • 23 Nov 2020
        • (CST)
        • 25 Nov 2020
        • (CST)
        • Winnipeg

        Taught by Kim Hyshka, this three-day module is the first section of the IAP2 Foundations course, presented by Dialogue Partners. The second module will be offered in Winnipeg, Nov 26-27, 2020.

        Completion of Foundations is a pre-requisite for IAP2 Certification.

        Find more information and register here.
                           
         

               



        Kim Hyshka                                                          

        • 26 Nov 2020
        • (CST)
        • 27 Nov 2020
        • (CST)
        • Winnipeg, MB

        This is the second module in the IAP2 Foundations course. Completion of this course is a prerequisite for IAP2 professional certification.

        Find more information and register here.

        Your trainer: Kim Hyshka     




        • 30 Nov 2020
        • (PST)
        • 02 Dec 2020
        • (PST)
        • Calgary

        The Canadian Trainers' Collective presents this 3-day module in the IAP2 Canada Foundations course in Calgary. The second module (Techniques) will take place in Calgary, December 3-4. The Foundations course is a prerequisite for IAP2 Certification. For more information and how to register please see our website.

        NB: Early-bird discount ends October 19, 2020.

        (Canadian Trainers' Collective, l-r Gale Simpson, Lara Tierney, Gay Robinson, Jan Bloomfield)

        • 30 Nov 2020
        • (PST)
        • 10 Dec 2020
        • (PST)
        • Online

        Taught by Delaney, this is part 1 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

        Find more information about the Foundations course and register here.


        • 03 Dec 2020
        • (PST)
        • 04 Dec 2020
        • (PST)
        • Calgary

        The Canadian Trainers' Collective presents the second module in the IAP2 Canada Foundations course in Calgary. The Foundations course is a prerequisite for IAP2 Certification. For more information and how to register please see our website.

        NB: Early-bird discount ends October 19, 2020.

        (Canadian Trainers' Collective, l-r Gale Simpson, Lara Tierney, Gay Robinson, Jan Bloomfield)

        • 12 Jan 2021
        • (EST)
        • 15 Jan 2021
        • (EST)
        • 7 sessions
        • Zoom
        • 20
        Register

        IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation: Planning for Effective Public Participation 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. Our 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.

        This is part one of Foundations two modules. Please see our website for when the second module, Techniques, is being offered.

        PLEASE NOTE:International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to obtain it.

        Please note that scheduling online training is very different from face-to-face. This virtual course will be offered in nine segments with multiple sessions over the week (both in morning and afternoon). Just like the face-to-face training, we expect all participants to attend all sessions listed in the event.

        Note that the session time is Eastern Time.

        Participants will be given a small group to work in and given assignments that they need to complete throughout the week together. Participants will need to coordinate themselves and find time on their own to do this. There will also be individual readings/assignments - to be completed before or in-between virtual sessions.

        Cancellation policy

        Learning Objectives

        Participants who complete the Planning course will be able to:

        • Understand and apply the IAP2 Foundations for effective public participation.
        • Articulate and assess the benefits and risks of integrating public participation into decision- making.
        • Develop appropriate public participation objectives that clarify the public’s role and are aligned with and support the decision process.
        • Identify stakeholders and their needs and expectations, and select ways to effectively engage them in a decision process.
        • Develop and implement a comprehensive and effective public participation plan.
        • Integrate communication strategies to reach and engage the public and support the public participation process.
        • Evaluate public participation processes being used and outcomes
        Course Overview
        • What is Public Participation?
        • Who is the Public?
          • The Orbits of Public Participation
          • Hard-to-Reach Stakeholders and Striving for Inclusive Participation
        • IAP2’s Foundations of Public Participation
          • Foundation 1: Values-Based What are Values? and why are they important in P2?
            —IAP2’s Core Values for the Practice of Public Participation
            —IAP2's Code of Ethics
          • Foundation 2: Decision-Oriented
          • Foundation 3: Goal-Driven
            —IAP2s Public Participation Spectrum
        • IAP2’s Five Steps for Public Participation Planning
          • Planning Step 1: Gain Internal Commitment -- the decision maker; organization; and preliminary decision description, stakeholder list, spectrum level
          • Planning Step 2: Learn from the Public
          • Planning Step 3: Select the Level of Participation
          • Planning Step 4: Define the Decision Process and Identify the Public Participation and Communication Objectives
          • Planning Step 5: Write the P2 plan including selecting techniques, assessing needed and available resources and planning for evaluation
        • Digging Deeper
          • Public Participation Planning and Effective Communication
          • Learning Styles and Public Participation
          • Helping People Move from Positions to Interests
          • Engaging Indigenous, Marginalized and Other Excluded Groups or Missing Voices
          • Dealing with Emotions—Outrage, Fear and Anger—in Public Settings and the Importance of Empathy and Building Relationships
          • Closing the Loop with Stakeholders
          • Attitude is Everything
        • Wrap up & Closure

        Trainer: Tannis Topolnisky, CP3 

        Tannis has 18 years of public engagement experience and has been a licensed trainer of the IAP2 Foundations and IAP2 for Decision Makers courses since 2011. Her passion is in creating the space where people come together to make a difference in the individual, the organization, their relationships and beyond into programs, policies and decision making. She has experience in a wide diversity of projects where impacts on health, livelihood, relationships, well-being and community are most common. She has worked with organizations and on projects that have received national and international recognition of excellence, including IAP2 Canada and IAP2 International Core Values Awards. She is an IAP2 mentor for new practitioners and an assessor for new IAP2 Foundations candidate trainers.

        “What is a teacher? I'll tell you: it isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.” – Paulo Coelho

        • 19 Jan 2021
        • (EST)
        • 21 Jan 2021
        • (EST)
        • 5 sessions
        • Zoom
        • 19
        Register

        Once you’ve completed IAP2 Planning for Effective Public Participation, 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.

        This is part two of Foundations two modulesThe Planning Module is a prerequisite to Techniques.

        PLEASE NOTE:International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to obtain it.

        Please note that scheduling online training is very different from face-to-face. This virtual course will be offered in five, three and two hour segments with multiple sessions over the week (both in morning and afternoon). Just like the face-to-face training, we expect all participants to attend all sessions listed in the event.

        Note that the session time is Eastern Time.

        Cancellation policy

        Learning Objectives

        Participants who have completed the Techniques course will be able to:

        • Understand key characteristics of a wide variety of traditional and emerging techniques and technologies

        • Assess and select techniques to meet identified public participation objectives

        • Modify and combine techniques to meet various objectives and circumstances

        • Determine the skills and resources needed to use different techniques effectively

          Course Overview
          • Review of Planning for Effective Public Participation
          • Inclusive design
          • Techniques to Share information
          • Techniques to Collect & Compile Input
          • Online Engagement
          • Techniques to Bring People Together
          • Open Public Forums
          • Specialized Processes
          • Representative Processes
          • Advisory Committees
          • Technique Selection Exercise
          Trainer: Tannis Topolnisky, CP3

          Tannis Topolnisky

          Tannis has 18 years of public engagement experience and has been a licensed trainer of the IAP2 Foundations and IAP2 for Decision Makers courses since 2011.  Her passion is in creating the space where people come together to make a difference in the individual, the organization, their relationships and beyond into programs, policies and decision making. She has experience in a wide diversity of projects where impacts on health, livelihood, relationships, well-being and community are most common.  She has worked with organizations and on projects that have received national and international recognition of excellence, including IAP2 Canada and IAP2 International Core Values Awards.  She is an IAP2 mentor for new practitioners and an assessor for new IAP2 Foundations candidate trainers.

           “What is a teacher? I'll tell you: it isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.” – Paulo Coelho

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