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2019 Skills Symposium - Foundations: Planning for Effective Public Participation

  • 18 Mar 2019
  • (PDT)
  • 20 Mar 2019
  • (PDT)
  • 35 Laurier St, Gatineau, QC J8X 4E9, Canada
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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 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 Outline

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

Tannis has 16 years experience as a Public Participation practitioner, 12 years experience training other P2 practitioners and 7 years experience as a licensed IAP2 trainer. I have been an IAP2 mentor for new practitioners for the last 3 years and an assessor for new IAP2 Foundations candidate trainers.

My expertise is in the strategic and detailed planning, design, implementation, evaluation, analysis and reporting of public participation initiatives. I’ve worked in a wide diversity of projects where impacts on health, livelihood, relationships, well-being and community are most common.

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