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. At this time we will not be offering IAP2 Foundations in P2: Techniques for Effective Public Participation.
PLEASE NOTE:International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain it.
Please note that scheduling online training is very different from face-to-face. This virtual course will be offered in nine, two hour segments with multiple sessions over the week (both in morning and afternoon).
Just like the face-to-face Skills Symposium, we expect all participants to attend all sessions listed in the event.
Note that the session times are Central Saskatchewan/Mountain 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.
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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
- 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 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.
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