Virtual Workshop - IAP2's Public Participation for Decision Makers

  • August 11, 2021
  • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • Online Via Zoom
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August 11, 2021

12:30 - 4:00pm EDT

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?

  • What is public participation?
  • Why involve the public?
  • What are the risks, benefits and costs of involving the public in decisions that affect them?

IAP2’s Public Participation for Decision Makers is designed to show you how your decisions are so much better for consulting with the public -- the people affected by the decision. 

This course  helps decision makers get the best value from a public 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 when not to 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.

Learning Objectives

  • How public participation ties into your decision-making
  • When and why to have the public participate in your decisions (and when not to)
  • The decision-maker’s unique role and commitment
  • Key concepts that must be considered when involving others
  • 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

Who should take this course?

  • Senior executives and management
  • Project managers
  • Elected officials and other politicians 
  • Engineers
  • Planners
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Students in communication studies, planning, and public administration

Anyone involved in any aspect of community engagement, and anyone involved with decision making in some way. This course is ideal for people working at all levels of government, in private practice, or in non- governmental or civil society organizations.

Who should not take this course:

$175 Members  --  $230 Non Members - $125 Student Members. 

PLEASE NOTE: IAP2 USA members must be logged into as a member to register at the member rate.

Members from other IAP2 regions need a code to register which can be obtained from

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Trainer: Kim Hyshka, CP3

Kim HyshkaKim 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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