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Do You Have What It Takes to Deliver Successful P2?

Wednesday 27 May through Sunday 31 May, 2015
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

IAP2 USA is hitting 2015 strong with laying the foundations of successful and efficient practices for P2. Get ready, because we are excited to announce that supplementing the annual IAP2 North American Conference is a training opportunity created just for you.

It is important to remember the basics and best practices when practicing P2 – that’s why we are here to brush you up on your skills. Our culture is changing and we know we have to fit the mold, but best practices are still our solid foundation. Join us and freshen up!

Over the course of the next few weeks we will be providing highlights from the 14 exciting, and informative sessions.

Can’t wait and want to see them all? Check out the website!

IAP2’s Foundations in Public Participation (3-Days for Planning and 2-Days for Techniques):

IAP2’s signature course was designed with the input of successful practitioners who work with diverse populations and divergent circumstances throughout the world. This course helps you hit the ground running, armed with the knowledge and confidence you need to plan and execute effective initiatives for any area in which you may be working. It’s divided into two modules, each focusing on one of the two major phases of public participation, planning and techniques.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will be able to:

    • define public participation and understand its value, risks and benefits
    • understand how to integrate public participation into decision-making processes
    • design, deliver and evaluate effective public participation planning processes
    • select appropriate techniques that align with public participation objectives

Register here – PlanningTechniques

Designing as if Stakeholders Matter: Understanding and Embracing the Spectrum of Diversity (2-Days):

Practitioners are routinely expected to design robust and inclusive processes for increasingly diverse communities, but often don’t know how. This 2-day, highly participatory, case-based course helps practitioners: Understand the theory and practice of engagement design; increase awareness of diversity through safe group exercises and audio vignettes; work from cases and your own experiences to identify and analyze stakeholders; match techniques to your design; and evaluate processes to make real-time changes. Participants leave with the skills to design and implement inclusive engagement processes, useful tools and materials, and a cohort of colleagues to help you with this work over time.

Learning Objectives:

  • At the end of this professional development session, participants will:
    • Be aware of the spectrum of diversity and understand what can happen when engagement doesn’t account for that dimensionality
    • Recognize the value and critical importance of bringing multiple perspectives to complex issues
    • Learn how to define clear objectives for increasing and deepening diversity within public engagement efforts
    • Explore underrepresentation, how to recognize and explain it, and what to do to close gaps
    • Develop ethical and effective approaches and techniques for supporting and engaging diverse participants
    • Gain experience in stakeholder identification and appropriate engagement tools
    • Understand how to evaluate and redesign during implementation
    • Know how to carry forward into their work the learnings that emerge from this session

Register Here

Building Better Participation Infrastructure (1 Day being offered twice):

Most public participation efforts are one-off projects focused on a single issue or decision. Many of these processes have been successful, but this piecemeal approach is difficult, inefficient, and hard to sustain. Meanwhile, we know that when it is sustained, participation has a range of other impacts, from economic development to public health. How can we create a stronger infrastructure for local democracy – one that makes participation easier, more sustainable, and more enjoyable?

In this course, Tina Nabatchi and Matt Leighninger will use practical tools from their new book, Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy, to lead a discussion on how communities can start thinking differently about participation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess strengths and weaknesses of typical participation practices
  • List potential benefits of more sustained forms of participation
  • Develop options for planning and strengthening participation infrastructure

Register Here – Wednesday, May 27th or Friday, May 29th

Choose or Lose:

Until April 27th, you can register for the courses you want to attend – but any courses that do not have a minimum number of registrants by that date will not be offered. So make your decisions soon, and register for the courses you want to attend at this “smorgasbord of learning” about public participation.

IAP2 USA would like to thank our partners:
University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center
University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality

Here’s the web page link – please pass this along to your various networks, and encourage your colleagues and friends to register early so they get the courses they want before they fill!

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