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Organizational Public Participation Training

Want to show members of your organization how decisions are so much better for engaging with the public?

Bring IAP2'S Public Participation for Decision-Makers to your organization, so non-public participation practitioners can learn how they can get the best value from a well run public engagement process.

Is your organization trying to create a culture of public engagement? We have courses that have been designed to support your organization’s development! Learn from and with each other, under the guidance of an experienced award winning trainer. Bring your team together to dive deep into these topics:  

Learn more about these courses by watching the Taster.

Contact us at info@iap2canada.ca for details on how to bring this training in-house to your organization.

IAP2's Public Participation for Decision-Makers 

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?  Bring IAP2'S Public Participation for Decision-Makers to your organization, so non-public participation practitioners can learn how they can get the best value from a well run public engagement process.

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 process. The course 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.

You’ll learn:

  • the foundations of Public Participation (P2)

  • how P2 can be integrated into the overall project plan

  • the costs and benefits of a P2 process and how to get the best value

  • the importance of both the decision to be made and the promise to the public about what their involvement means in making that decision

  • when to involve the public in an organizational decision -- and when not to.

Cost & Logistics

  • Number of Participants: Up to 20 participants
  • Price (flat fee):  $1,500 
  • Includes: 1 session, 3 hours of training virtually

Watch this video to learn more about who should take the course and why.

Auditing Your Organization for P2 Success 

Is your organization trying to create a culture of public engagement? This action-oriented course is for organizations that have committed to ethical and inclusive P2 and are ready to critically examine their policies, practices, proficiencies, and performance -- what’s in place, where the gaps are, what you can learn from others -- and then plan actions to fully realize those P2 commitments.

Through guided small-group exercises and robust discussions, participants learn and practice using a collaborative online P2 Audit Tool with Assessment and Action Planning elements. This comprehensive tool frames the key issues, highlights best practices, embeds critical questions, and guides the audit process. Based on assessment results, participants use the embedded Action Planning element to identify responsive and organization-specific actions for agreed-upon P2 priorities. Consult the course outline.

Learning Objectives

Participants leave ready to work with their in-house teams to:

  • Audit their organization’s P2 infrastructure by examining policies, professional practices, proficiencies and resources, and performance

  • Develop a prioritized Action Plan to upgrade their organization’s P2 infrastructure

  • Use the practical tools, template, guidance, and resources provided in the course to lead their organization through the Audit and Action Planning process

    Who should take this course?

    Those responsible for the range of functions within the organization that have a substantive relationship to P2, or for projects on which the organization engages external stakeholders (project and organizational planning, policy or rule making, infrastructure); those in communications/media, decision-making, partnership or volunteer management, client or customer support, research and evaluation, and similar roles. 

    It is recommended that multiple people within each sub-area attend the course, because they need to work together on the assessment, action plan, and implementation.

    Cost & Logistics

    • Number of Participants: Up to 20 participants
    • Price (flat fee):  $3,900
    • Includes: 2 sessions, 7.5 hours of training (4hr + 3.5 hr) AND 3 hours of coaching virtually

    Trainer: Anne Carroll

    Anne Carroll has been a consultant and trainer in public involvement and strategic planning for many years, serving primarily the public sector in both the USA and Canada. She focuses on designing and implementing inclusive and meaningful stakeholder engagement on important public issues, reaching out to and engaging diverse groups of people and perspectives, and tackling complex and multi-stakeholder environments. She served for 16 years as an elected member of the citywide St. Paul (Minnesota, USA) Board of Education, and serves as a board member or committee chair with the International Association for Public Participation USA and the Minnesota Chapter, Minnesota Education Equity Partnership, and E-Democracy.org.

    A Culture of Engagement: Your organization’s P2 personality & soul 

    Every organization has its own P2 personality and soul, whether intentionally cultivated and cared for or haphazardly left to evolve on its own. This course is for those with curiosity about, or who may be tasked with the responsibility for, building a culture of engagement within your organizations.

    What does it take to shift to a state where the choices are about making sure P2 is not just done, but done right? This course will pull on research and organizational best practices that go beyond engagement on a project-by-project basis. Participants will dig in and walk away with an approach for change within their own organizations. Consult the course outline.

    Learning Objectives

    By the end of this course participants will be able to:

    • Describe the necessary elements of corporate P2 culture

    • Conduct a P2 personality and soul audit for your organization (aka state of engagement audit)

    • Create a culture map

    • Identify culture generating and culture sapping behaviours, structures + practices

    • Design a draft approach to shift culture within your organization

    Cost & Logistics

    • Number of Participants: Up to 20 participants
    • Price (flat fee):  $3,500 
    • Includes: 2 sessions, 6 hours of training (3hr + 3hr) AND 3 hours of coaching virtually

    Trainer: Tannis Topolnisky, CP3

    Tannis is a Certified Public Participation Professional, a licensed trainer of the IAP2 Foundations and Decision Makers courses and has been training engagement practitioners for 14 years. 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.

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