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(Virtual Training) IAP2's Foundations in P2: Planning for Effective Public Participation

  • 11 Jul 2022
  • (MDT)
  • 14 Jul 2022
  • (MDT)
  • 4 sessions
  • 11 Jul 2022, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (MDT)
  • 12 Jul 2022, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (MDT)
  • 13 Jul 2022, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (MDT)
  • 14 Jul 2022, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (MDT)
  • Zoom
  • 0


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

Completion of the Foundations program (both modules) is a prerequisite for Certification as a P2 Professional (CP3).

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

This virtual course will be offered in seven segments with multiple sessions over the week (in morning and afternoon with a break on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and morning only on Thursday). Just like face-to-face training, we expect all participants to attend all sessions listed in the event. To find out the time the training takes place in your time zone you can use this link

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.

If you are a student, please email info @ iap2canada.ca with current proof of enrollment or class schedule and we will send you the registration code.

If you are an employee of a registered charity, please email info @ iap2canada.ca with your charitable organization number and we will send you the registration code. 

Cancellation and Refund 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: 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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