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Train from anywhere – IAP2 USA offers NEW online courses!

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Summer is here and we are excited about these upcoming courses. We have three new courses just for YOU! You can expect that every one of these courses will give you real, usable tools and techniques apply in REAL WORLD situations. Topics include Participatory Budgeting, Social Media, Evaluation, and Tools & Techniques selection. There is a course to fit every p2 professional no matter your experience level or area of discipline.

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Participatory Budgeting: Real Money Real Engagement

Starting in July!

In this course, trainers from the Participatory Budgeting Project will engage participants in a mock process, from design to the vote, in order to provide a deeper understanding of PB and how it works as a public participation tool. We’ll explore what it takes to start a process and keep it going, how it aligns with IAP2 Core Values, and what components make it a best practice in public participation.

Learner Outcomes

At the end of this online course, participants will have:

  • An understanding of PB and how the process works aligns with the IAP2 Core Values.;
  • Practical skills for facilitating PB processes.
  • A greater awareness of the challenges of PB, and ways to overcome them

Courses dates available:

July 17 – 28, 2017October 16 – 27, 2017

Choosing the Right P2 Tools: Workshops, Surveys, & Tours – Oh, My!

Too often those decisions are based on the practitioner’s experience or comfort with a particular technique, a project lead or decision maker’s new favorite tool, fears about stakeholder influence or conflict, and so on. While there are always demands and constraints on choices, this course offers a more thoughtful and efficient approach to wisely choose tools and techniques to support stakeholder engagement, meet your project and engagement objectives, and account for key variables including schedule, budget, opportunities, and risks.

Learner Outcomes

At the end of this online course, participants will:

  • Explore various ways to decide about tools and techniques while understanding their value, limitations, implementation considerations, application, and so on
  • Explore equity opportunities and risks tied to tool and technique selection
  • Recognize the role of evaluation and real-time adjustments

Course dates available:

July 10 – 21, 2017October 23 – November 3, 2017

label_new redSocial Media & Public Participation: Taming the beast

Coming September 2017!

We know that online tools reach new participants and enable different kinds of conversation. But, it’s an emerging field and there is still much trial and error, so this short online course will give you a leg up in understanding and using digital engagement tools.

This online course will cover foundational concepts of digital engagement, consider its benefits and risks, and explore strategic frameworks for determining which online tools to use. You will learn the basics of how content gets seen on social media, and have an opportunity to strengthen the impact of your social media posts.

Learner Outcomes

At the end of this online course, participants will:

  • Define objectives for their engagement efforts and understand how to apply these objectives to develop an online participation strategy
  • Identify challenges to participation in digital environments and be aware of approaches that may address these challenges
  • Understand the range of ways people may participate online, and increase their knowledge of available tools

Available Course dates:

September 13 – 20, 2017

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Evaluation & Public Participation: Finding where you stand

Coming October 2017!

Evaluation should always be useful, and this introductory course will cover theories and practical strategies to help you evaluate your public participation efforts. In this online course, you will examine the differences between process and impact evaluation, and review the components of a basic evaluation plan. You will craft evaluation questions, and identify indicators and consider sources of information to help you answer those questions. Above all, you will learn how to employ evaluative thinking as a learning strategy, in order to strengthen your work and achieve greater impact.

Learner Outcomes

At the end of this online course, participants will:

  • Determine the most appropriate type(s) of evaluation for a P2 project
  • Describe the difference between process and impact evaluation, and specify indicators to help measure both areas
  • Evaluate a range of data sources to help evaluate P2

Available Course dates:

October 3 – 10, 2017

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