IAP2 Flagship Courses

Foundations in Public Participation

The IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation Program is a 5-day program intended to provide a broad-based learning experience covering all of the foundations of public participation. Developed in consultation with practitioners from around the world, the training provides useful tools for designing and implementing effective public participation programs.

Who should take the Foundations course?
Foundations in Public Participation is right for anyone working or involved in public participation and community engagement projects in:

    • Local Government—local, state, and federal government units, and regional agencies
    • K12 school districts, colleges and universities
    • Corporations, especially those with infrastructure projects, for example transportation and utilities
    • Public engagement practitioners, from outreach coordinators to independent consultants
    • Federal agencies with public engagement guidelines, for example environmental agencies, and
    • Nonprofits and community organizations seeking to fully engage their stakeholders                 Course Brochure

IAP2's Public Participation for Decision Makers

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?

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

Who should take this course: 

    • Politicians
    • Senior Executives and Management
    • Project Managers
    • Engineers
    • Planners
    • Non-profit organizations

Who should not take this course:

You’ll learn:

    • the foundations of Public Participation (P2)
    • 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
    • when to involve the public in an organizational decision -- and when not to.

IAP2’s Public Participation for Decision Makers 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.

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Strategies for Dealing with Opposition & Outrage in Public Participation

In these challenging times of environmental, health, cultural, economic and social changes this is a course that will enhance your practice, support your clients and equip you to think about and learn how to apply behaviours that will enhance quality public participation outcomes where communities are emotional or outraged and therefore not yet at the place where they can fully participate in a public engagement process. This course will help you plan for those type of circumstances.

The use of case studies and video clips throughout the two days will demonstrate:

      • Six practical strategies for managing outrage
      • New behaviors that you can apply immediately
      • A new way of thinking and analyzing outrage
      • New ways to plan and implement public participation projects where people are outraged

Who should take the EOP2 course?
This two-day course is designed for any practitioner dealing with the tough issues facing our communities now and in the future. Anyone in communities facing complex challenges - from outreach coordinators to consultants and elected officials - would benefit by learning meaningful best practices to assess and address outrage in your P2. 

This course brings together the collective knowledge and experience of outrage management as taught by Dr. Peter Sandman and public participation as practiced by IAP2. The course is highly interactive and uses a range of adult education methods including using case studies, video clips of Peter, tools and techniques used in public participation, times for personal reflection, group discussion and application of strategies. Participants receive a learning journal to record their reflections and insights and to note what is important for their work. Prior completion of Foundations in Public Participation is recommended but not required.

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