Foundations in Public Participation IAP2 Course: Module 1
Developments in technology, economic and political changes across the globe and the use of social media have created new challenges in engaging the public. There are increasing expectations from the public to be involved and to influence decision making. This public participation course will provide you with the skills to effectively plan and deliver your approach to engaging the public.
Planning for effective public participation makes up Module 1 of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) qualification and is the first of two modules. After completing both Module 1 and Module 2 you will be awarded the IAP2 International certificate qualification - Foundations in Public Participation. These two IAP2 modules are delivered as follows:
- Planning for Effective Public Participation (Module 1) – 3 days
- Techniques for Effective Public Participation (Module 2) – 2 days
This IAP2 course draws on the expertise of practitioners around the world to ensure that you receive the most up-to-date teaching in community engagement available. In this IAP2 course you will learn how to lead your organisation’s engagement with stakeholders through project and policy development. You will become familiar with defining stakeholder issues, identifying impacted stakeholders, and planning for their involvement throughout your project. Using the IAP2’s Spectrum of Public Participation, you will be able to choose an appropriate level of participation and learn how to plan for the timing, techniques and resources to manage a successful community engagement project. Emphasis is placed on creating and using continuous feedback and evaluation, while also exploring the skills required to communicate and deliver an effective engagement plan.
This IAP2 course will cover the five essential steps to planning for effective public participation including:
- Gaining internal commitment.
- Learning from the public.
- Selecting an appropriate level of participation (using the IAP2 Spectrum).
- Defining the project decision process and the role of the public.
- Developing your public participation plan.
This IAP2 course also covers communications that are part of your engagement plan including:
- Developing key messages.
- Communication methods.
- Risk and risk communication.
- Dealing with emotion and outrage
At the completion of this IAP2 course, you will be able to:
- Identify the engagement purpose and scope from the perspective of the decision maker and the public.
- Identify the decision steps, timing and resources.
- Establish roles and responsibilities and appropriate techniques.
- Select the appropriate IAP2 spectrum level of public participation.
- Set clear and achievable engagement objectives.
- Develop a detailed public participation plan.
- Plan for communications to support your engagement.
- Plan for evaluation.
|Duration||3 sessions (24 hours in total)|
Wed 23 Sep, 2020 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
This class will be delivered face-to-face pending NSW COVID-19 restrictions.
|Venue||UTS City Campus|
|Cost||$1,749 (GST Free)|
Who is this course for?
This IAP2 course is suitable for professionals who either need to oversee or become directly involved with the planning and delivery of community engagement for policy or projects. This IAP2 course has been designed for those who are looking to explore the key topics surrounding planning for effective public participation.
About the presenters
Margaret Harvie, co-founder and Director of PlanCom Consulting, is trusted by her clients for effectively advising on approaches to engage the public in dialogue about planning and infrastructure. Her experience in projects gives her the ability to pre-empt the issues and responses from the public. From a background in the government and community sector she began as a consultant specialising in public engagement in the late 1990s. For 10 years, she worked as a consultant in international consultancy firms managing community engagement teams in Queensland and NSW. Margaret brings a unique world view to her work having lived and worked in the USA and Japan and led professional assignments in Singapore, Peoples Republic of China, Malaysia, Thailand, Fiji and New Guinea. While committed to helping clients deliver projects, she is also committed to upholding the right of the public to have a say about any impacts on their lives.
This IAP2 course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.
This IAP2 course has no prerequisites. After completing Module 1, you are encouraged to enrol into Foundations in Public Participation IAP2 Course: Module 2 which focuses on the Techniques for Effective Public Participation.
After completing both Module 1 and Module 2 you will be awarded the IAP2 International certificate qualification - Foundations in Public Participation.
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