About the Foundations in Public Participation
The only international program of its kind, the Foundations program provides participants with an overview of public
participation, best practices in the field, and dynamic techniques to enhance impact.
The landscape of public participation and community engagement is changing. A proven
framework for public participation has never been more essential. People
want and need to be engaged as decisions are made, and it must happen in a respectful, positive, and effective way that creates
the best possible outcomes for all concerned. IAP2 has streamlined and revised the highly regarded and innovative training
materials undertaken by around 17,000 since the 1990's, for today's challenging climate.
Whether you are new to the public participation process or an advanced practitioner,
this new Foundations training will provide you with the structure, techniques and knowledge you need to be successful. The
hands-on design of this program and the expertise of the IAP2 Federation Licensed Trainers ensure that you'll be receiving
the very best public participation and community engagement training available globally. This unique training program equips participants with practical tools for designing and implementing effective
public participation plans.
It delivers a consistent model wherever it is conducted - the UK and throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Australia,
New Zealand, Botswana, Canada, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Singapore or other countries and regions
around the world.
IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation program is a two module (5 day) program intended to provide a broad-based learning
experience covering all of the foundations of public participation. Delivery of the IAP2 training program by Essential Planning Ltd is also recognised by the Homes and Communities Agency and from mid 2011, has been hosted by the University of Westminster and various consulting companies including Temple Group, London, UK (2014); and
Jacobs, London, UK (2015, 2016).
full Foundations Program fee is currently being offered for the discounted fee of £1,000. The usual 3-day
Planning module fee is £750, and 2-day Techniques module is £500. We offer a 10% discount for early booking,
and other discounts for non-government organisations, the voluntary and community sector, and for multiple bookings.
For more information on fees and our program of IAP2 Foundations training in 2018 see the main training page.
The Foundations - Modules 1 to 2
Regardless of the arena in which you work, IAP2's Foundations in Public Participation
can broaden your toolkit and bring greater creativity to your approach. If you are a student or researcher, the program will
give you a broad-based understanding of how public participation works across the world.
Foundations is right for anyone working for or involved in public participation projects in:
- Government - local, regional and national agencies
- Environmental Agencies
- Community Organisations and the voluntary sector
Project Managers, scientists, engineers and other technical professionals will
take away as much as any public participation practitioner from this training. Community and voluntary organisations often
find a new way of organising and communicating with others through the training.
An overview of Modules 1-2 is set out below.
1 - Planning for Effective Public Participation
A major reason that initiatives fail is inadequate preparation.
The IAP2 planning module provides you with a proven structure that will greatly increase your odds of a successful project.
This hands-on course gives you the opportunity to delve into your own challenges as you learn and review the essential elements
of effective public participation planning.
In this first
module, we cover the following:
- Evaluating the scope of
a decision - not always a straight-forward exercise!
the right processes and decision steps including timing and needed resources
- Establishing roles and responsibilities of the primary parties
- Developing a clear understanding of stakeholder audience concerns and hopes
- Selecting the appropriate level of public participation
clear and achievable objectives
- Developing a detailed public
participation plan for the entire process
- Establishing and
maintaining effective communications
- Identifying appropriate
evaluation tools to measure the effectiveness of the initiative.
This course is a prerequisite for the subsequent module, Techniques for Effective Public Participation.
Module 2 - Techniques for Effective Public Participation
Once you have completed the planning module, you are ready to add
50+ practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit - powerful techniques you can put to immediate
use in your next project.
This module breaks down specific
methods including World Cafe, Citizens Juries, Revolving Conversations, Nominal Group Technique, Deliberation and Advisory
Groups. Opportunities to practice, experience and understand when and how to utilise such techniques are provided, and in the process you get to build and refine your own Facilitation skills.