IAP2's Designing & Leading Public Participation

  • May 16, 2023
  • (EDT)
  • May 19, 2023
  • (EDT)
  • 4 sessions
  • May 16, 2023, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • May 17, 2023, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • May 18, 2023, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • May 19, 2023, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • Online with Trainer Cathy Smith
  • 8


  • Please provide proof of membership to info@iap2usa.org for discount code.
  • Please ask your region to forward your proof of membership to info@iap2usa.org for discount code.

Registration is closed

**You must first complete Fundamentals of Public Participation before this course**

Four 4-hour sessions

May 16-19, 2023
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Central
11:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. Mountain

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.mPacific

Designing & Leading Public Participation

Designing & Leading Public Participation (P2) is a Level 2 course that introduces practitioners to the design and plan phases of the practice framework, providing them with the opportunity to develop P2 plans. This includes scoping, community mapping, determining purpose and objectives and levels of influence, choosing appropriate methods and managing resources, while considering the needs of diverse audiences. The course is suitable for practitioners who are leading the planning and implementation of P2 processes.

Course objectives:

1. For a real-world scenario, design an engagement process and plan that includes:

  • Develop a clear scope of the work, problem or opportunity with identified negotiables and non-negotiables
  • Conduct detailed stakeholder analysis, community mapping and equity analysis
  • Identify appropriate roles and levels of influence for key participants
  • Establish clear engagement purpose and objectives and success criteria/measures to suit scenario
  • Identify relevant profiles of engagement
  • Conduct a detailed risk/opportunities assessment
  • Identify key roles for senior leaders and decision makers

2. Explore principles and approaches for equity, diversity and inclusion, and apply them to stakeholder analysis

3. Embed digital strategies, platforms, tools and methods as part of the plan and process

4. Develop an evaluation framework to suit the scenario

5. Identify key roles and resources needed to implement the P2/engagement plan

6. Develop and apply a suitable presentation to senior leaders that will secure commitment and resources for the P2/engagement plan

7. Identify the many different contexts of engagement, including the elements present in more complex engagement scenarios

    Professional Certification/Credits


      #2 Designing & Leading Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 16 CM

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

        Members $550 -- Regular $650 

        Last day to Register May 12, 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 Fundamentals of Public Participation before this course**



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

          May 3-4, 2023        1 PM – 5 PM ET OR May 11-12, 2023 1-5pm ET

          Members $275 --  Regular $325

          Last day to Register: April 28 OR May 5, respectively.

          FINAL COURSE

          #3 Applying Methods for Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 16 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 

            Trainer: Cathy Smith

            Cathy’s work in the inter-related fields associated with climate change—land use, transportation, water, energy, health—brings depth of knowledge and understanding of current engagement needs. As a past community mediator and practicing writer and storyteller, her engagement insights span from conflict management to communications. She’s one of 15 Certified Public Participation Practitioners in the country, a graduate of USD’s School of Law, and IAP2USA’s Past President.

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