2019 SKILLS SYMPOSIUM: Techniques For Effective Public Participation

  • February 28, 2019
  • (PST)
  • March 01, 2019
  • (PST)
  • Commons Learning Center, 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758
  • 6


  • For members of AICP registering on or before December 31, 2017.

Once you have completed the planning course, you are ready to add dozens of practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit—powerful techniques you can put to immediate use in your next project. This module breaks down specific methods, exploring not only what each is, but how and when to use it – the strengths, weaknesses and needed resources. The course combines discussion, presentation, exercises and practice using varying techniques to give you a full understanding of the range of techniques and how to choose, modify and evaluate techniques for the most effective public participation.

PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2.org to obtain it.

Cancellation and Substitution policy

Learning Objectives

At the end of this two-day course, participants will:

  • Understand key characteristics of a wide variety of traditional and emerging techniques and technologies
  • Assess and select techniques to meet identified public participation objectives
  • Modify and combine techniques to meet various objectives and circumstances
  • Determine the skills and resources needed to use different techniques effectively
  • Evaluate their use of varying public participation techniques

Professional Certification/Credits

Trainer: Mary Hamel

Mary HamelMary has over 20 years as a full-time public participation manager, primarily in a state environmental and natural resources agency, designing and running P2 projects as well as providing training and mentoring for staff and management.

A respected and sought-after trainer, Mary has been a certified trainer and course developer for the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) since 2000, delivering training in 8 countries on 5 continents. As an adjunct associate professor, she teaches a university graduate seminar in public participation and as a member of IAP2’s faculty she has trained and mentored new IAP2 trainers.


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