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(Virtual Training) IAP2's Public Participation for Decision Makers

  • 23 Apr 2021
  • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom
  • 19


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


Do you make decisions affecting the public? Do you consult with the public as you make your decisions? Are you sometimes reluctant to include them in the conversation?

Who should take this course: 

  • Politicians
  • Senior Executives and Management
  • Project Managers
  • Engineers
  • Planners
  • Non-profit organizations

Who should not take this course:

IAP2’s Public Participation for Decision Makers helps decision makers get the best value from a public participation process.  The session looks at the Foundations from a decision maker’s point of view and offers a perspective on how public participation can be integrated into the overall project plan. It examines the costs and benefits of public participation, discusses when and why to not involve the public in an organizational decision, and emphasizes the importance of both the decision being made and the promise to the public about their involvement in that decision process. Finally, the session provides an overview of what the decision maker should know about the public participation practitioner’s role.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a member of IAP2 Canada please log into the website (top right-hand corner) to register automatically at the member rate. International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to obtain it.

This online course will be offered in one, three hour session.

Cancellation policy

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding what public participation is and the benefits and risks of undergoing a public participation process
  • When public participation is appropriate and when it is not
  • Learn the critical components of public participation
  • The role of the decision maker in public participation

Why Choose this course?

  • Your leaders need the basics and inspiration to build relationships & trust for the long-term
  • You are ready to understand what works –and what doesn’t –so you can choose to engage in ways that really work
  • You want to kick off a culture that begins from the inside out, where engagement becomes how you work together inside your organization and with your stakeholders too
Trainer: Kim Hyshka, CP3

Kim Hyshka, CP3 is a believer that just about anything is possible with a little dialogue. She’s on a mission, to chart a different course for public conversations. Better conversations that open possibility, cultivate collaboration and spark change through dialogue. With over 10 years working in the field of engagement, she has developed a passion for designing and facilitating conversations that matter and creating engagement experiences where participants feel valued, relationships are built and initiatives and projects move forward. You’ll find her in the midst of both large and small-scale projects, bringing experience facilitating community forums in large urban centers or walking pipelines with Elders in the remote wilderness.

Watch this short video to see Kim in action!

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