IAP2's Fundamentals of Public Participation

  • November 08, 2023
  • (EST)
  • November 09, 2023
  • (EST)
  • 2 sessions
  • November 08, 2023, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (EST)
  • November 09, 2023, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (EST)
  • Online with Trainer Cathy Smith
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  • 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.

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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


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

    November 8-9, 2023      1 PM – 5 PM ET

    Members $275 --  Regular $325

    Last day to Register November 3, 2023

     — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

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



    #2 Designing & Leading Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 18 CM

      December 12-15, 2023       1 PM – 5 PM ET

      Members $550 -- Regular $650 


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

        January 2024 - 1 PM – 5 PM ET

        Members $550 -- Regular $650 

        Registration opens soon!

        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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