IAP2's Fundamentals of Public Participation

  • March 27, 2023
  • 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • March 28, 2023
  • 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • Online
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 Fundamentals of Public Participation

First course to be taken before Designing Public Participation and Applying Methods

The Fundamentals of Public Participation (P2) course is a prerequisite to other courses in the Global Learning Pathway that sets out the underpinning models and frameworks of engagement practice as defined by the IAP2 community.

The focus of this course is on understanding and applying the practices of meaningful and effective P2 and what participants need to know to do this well. The training explores best practices, and how to design and apply this knowledge to your P2.

Course objectives

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

  • Define P2 and related terms and what makes it unique
  • Identify what makes P2 meaningful, and reflect on the benefits, risks and myths related to P2
  • Identify the role that values play in P2 work, and the leadership attributes that will serve them in practice 
  • Reflect on and apply ethical leadership actions and abilities to P2 situations
  • Apply the Profiles of P2 model to P2, and explore organization- and community-led engagement and how that impacts the engagement process
  • Reflect on and apply the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and explore the roles and impacts of power and influence
  • Apply the IAP2 Spectrum to P2 situations and practice
  • Explore the Practice Framework as a tool for effective planning and process, and assess the quality of the process

Professional Certification/Credits

Fundamentals of Public Participation (2 - 4 hour sessions CM I 8 CM) 

    March 27-28, 2023       1 PM – 5 PM ET

    Members $275 --  Regular $325

    Last day to Register March 24, 2023

    PLEASE NOTE: IAP2 USA members must be logged in to receive the member rate. International IAP2 members can contact info@iap2usa.org for a code to register. 

     — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

    **You must first complete this module before Designing Public Participation and Applying Methods**


    Designing Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 18 CM

      May 16-19, 2023       1 PM – 5 PM ET

      Members $550 -- Regular $650 

      Last Day to Register May 12, 2023

      Applying Methods for Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 18 CM

        June 20-23, 2023     1 PM – 5 PM ET

        Members $550 -- Regular $650 

        Last Day to Register June 16, 2023

        Certificate Program - All Three Modules (10 - 4 hour Sessions) 

                Regular $1,625  Members $1,375 


          Heather Imboden is a founding principal of Communities in Collaboration, a woman-owned evaluation and community engagement consultancy based in Oakland, California. Heather combines her skills in facilitation, outreach, and analysis with her expertise in community and economic development to lift community voice in partnership with diverse stakeholder groups for nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies. Heather’s work often focuses on advancing equity at the intersection of public education, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. She is also committed to local capacity development, striving to share her knowledge of the tools of engagement so that communities have a greater ability to advocate on behalf of themselves. In addition to her experience in community development, Heather’s background includes more than 15 years of experience in marketing and communications for nonprofits. Heather holds a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelors of Arts from Wellesley College.

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