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2018 Skills Symposium - Foundations: Techniques for Effective Public Participation

  • 22 Mar 2018
  • (PDT)
  • 23 Mar 2018
  • (PDT)
  • 35 Laurier St, Gatineau, QC J8X 4E9, Canada
  • 6


  • For members of the IAP2 Affiliates or IAP2 Federation International Associates.
  • For members of the IAP2 Affiliates or IAP2 Federation International Associates.

Registration is closed

IAP2 Foundations in 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. This 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.

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

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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

  • Overview of course objectives
  • Trying a technique right out of the gate using World Café
  • Quick Review of the Foundations of Public Participation
  • A survey of techniques
    • Techniques for Sharing Information
    • 5 Techniques for Collecting and Compiling Information
    • 20+ Techniques for Bringing People Together
  • Advisory committees in depth, how to do them better
  • Matching techniques to the objectives of a public participation plan
  • Selecting techniques
  • Modifying when challenges arise.
  • Evaluating techniques

Trainer: Tannis Topolnisky

Tannis Topolnisky has 15 years experience as a Public Participation practitioner, 11 years experience training other P2 practitioners and 6 years experience as a licensed IAP2 trainer. Tannis has been an IAP2 mentor for new practitioners for the last 3 years and is currently an assessor for new IAP2 Foundations candidate trainers.
Tannis's expertise is in the strategic and detailed planning, design, implementation, evaluation, analysis and reporting of public participation initiatives. Tannis has worked in a wide diversity of projects where impacts on health, livelihood, relationships, well-being and community are most common.

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