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Selling the boss on the 2017 North American Conference

June 26, 2017 Leave a comment

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Do you just know that you need to be at the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference in Denver in September, but your manager still needs convincing? These Top Five Reasons should help:

  1. No need to re-invent the wheel – learn from others’ experiences both good and bad. Find out about emerging trends and issues. If you come away with one or two good ideas then you have paid for your conference.
  2. Skill building. There are so many good and effective ways to do public engagement. Find out what they are and bring them back to your workplace.
  3. Networking. Have you ever wanted to pick up the phone or send an email to people that have similar ideas or concerns as you do? How about trying out an idea before you pay for it? Meet those colleagues at the Conference, people are happy to learn and share together.
  4. The conference theme is “P2 for the Greater Good”, and what company doesn’t want to be associated with that.
  5. Good Public Participation = Good Results

Whatever reasons you go with, we hope to see you there. You’ll be in for sessions covering topics running the whole range of the P2 field, as well as “Pathways”: longer “deep-dives” into current P2 affairs, workshops, tours and of course our Core Values Awards Gala.

And remember: there are only a couple of weeks left to get the early-bird rates (another good reason for your manager to make a decision) – US$ 550.00 for members and $700.00 for non-members! As of July 1, those rates go up by $100. We’re also getting a great rate at the host hotel, the Westin Downtown: US $189/night if you book by August 6. See the Conference website for details.

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Are you with a company that supplies or supports public participation? The 2017 IAP2 North American Conference is the ideal way to connect with future partners and renew acquaintances with current and past ones.
Sponsorship opportunities are available to suit any size company or organization: have a look at the Sponsorship Application Kit to find out more!

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Participatory Budgeting: “The greatest wave of democracy coming to the United States”

May 31, 2017 Leave a comment

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It has been called “the greatest wave of democracy coming to the United States”. What started in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1989 has started to make an impact around the world being implemented in over 1,500 communities around the globe. These communities are experimenting with and implementing a new budgeting practice called Participatory Budgeting.

What is Participatory Budgeting(PB)? PB is “a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend a part of the public budget”. From start to finish this process puts the power into the people’s hands.

Never heard of it? It’s not widely talked about in the United States, however, PB has seen a lot of success and has been implemented in places such as Chicago, IL, New York, NY, and Vallejo, CA. These communities are comprised primarily of minority populations historically marginalized by local government who have become disenchanted with government and feel left behind and unheard.

“How does it work?” you might ask…

First… Community members and volunteers get together to brainstorm ideas. Do you want a community garden, a better park, or better public transit?

Second… Volunteers turn these ideas into real project proposals to present to their community complete with project descriptions and projected cost estimates.

Third… the community votes on where the money will be spent and validates community members’ involvement.

LAST… the projects with the most votes get funded. The projects are then implemented over the next few years. The following year, they do it all over again.

Address inequality, empower your community and transform your local democracy by bringing participatory budgeting to your neighborhood.

Are you interested in advocating for Participatory Budgeting in your community? Join IAP2 USA as we work in partnership with Maria Hadden of the Participatory Budgeting Project to bring you the LIVE ONLINE course Participatory Budgeting: Real Money, Real Engagement.

Our next course takes place July 17 – 28! Reserve your virtual seat today!

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Your Learning Journey and the Skills Symposium

November 28, 2016 Leave a comment
We keep saying that the San Diego Skills Symposium has something for everyone, and it does! Where are you on your learning journey? What skills do you need for continuous improvement? What should you be signing up for? The following provides some insights on what you could learn and where courses lie on the continuum of experience. But many overlap, so don’t let us define or limit your journey – choose the courses that best fit where YOU are and what YOU need.
Course and Audience Some of the things YOU will learn in these courses
If you are new to the P2 field or want a refresher…
IAP2 Foundations Planning
Planning – 3 Days
Techniques – 2 Days
  • Define P2 and understand its value, risks and benefits
  • Design, deliver and evaluate effective P2 planning processes
  • Select appropriate techniques that align with P2 objectives
  • Understand key characteristics of a wide variety of traditional and emerging techniques and technologies
If you are experienced in delivering P2…
Social Media and P2
2-day course

  • Understand the range of ways people participate online
  • Write appropriate content and understand the importance of two-way communication in this medium
  • Identify challenges to participation in digital environments and be aware of approaches that may address these challenge
IAP2 Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation
2-day course
  • A common understanding of outrage: the causes of outrage
  • Strategies & approaches for dealing with outrage
  • Practice the kinds of behavior that are most effective in mitigating people’s anger, fear and emotional reactions
Designing for Diversity
2-day course
  • 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
  • Learn how to choose the appropriate participation tools and techniques based on the engagement design
Building the Trust for Civil Communication
1-day course
  • Review how trust is built
  • Recognize what makes communication effective
  • Recognize communication patterns that can evoke negative emotions
Evaluating & Measuring P2
1-day course
  • Determine the most appropriate type(s) of evaluation for a P2 project and identify the challenges to evaluation
  • Populate a logic model and use it to structure an evaluation plan
  • Craft evaluation questions
If you have been delivering good P2 for quite a while…
When Things Go Sideways
2-day course

  • Build experience and practice through practical tools and approaches to constructively engage with emotional stakeholders
  • Increase self-awareness and understanding of personal reactions and responses to the emotions of others
  • Understand and identify some of the triggers for emotion, and practice strategies to support people in constructive engagement
Wherever you are in your P2 learning journey, plan to join us for these highly interactive and participatory courses.

Sign up for training at IAP2 USA’s “Virtual Training Academy!”

October 17, 2016 Leave a comment

IAP2 USA is pleased to announce the launch of our new online training courses. This is an exciting opportunity for you to update your professional skills — in collaboration with colleagues and without leaving your office.

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These courses are designed to support ongoing learning, and are more than a set of worksheets or templates. They include videos, exercises, interactive multimedia examples, case studies, interaction with fellow participants and your trainer, and more.

The best online learning goes beyond the content. Our trainers teach skills and knowledge in a way that connects to your goals, hopes, and values AND demonstrates how these connect to your work and world.

Welcome to Virtual Training @IAP2 USA!


 

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This course focuses on the critical and oft-neglected professional development “zone” between process design and detailed instructions on specific techniques – that space where practitioners and decision makers decide which tools and techniques to employ.

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.

Who should take this course? What are the learner outcomes? Got questions? Read more!

October 31 through November 11
LIVE SESSIONS: Thursday, November 3 and Thursday, November 10, 1:00-3:00 pm US Central

December 5 through December 16
LIVE SESSIONS: Wednesday, December 7 and Wednesday, December 14, 1:00-3:00 pm US Central

What is involved? This course will be delivered in a mixed format with two live sessions, some offline preparation, and an open-source resource directory of materials and links.

Price: IAP2 Members – $99.00 (USD) – For members of IAP2 USA, the IAP2 Affiliates, and members of the IAP2 Federation. International Members, should contact info@iap2usa.org for the registration code. Non-Members – $109.00 (USD)


 

onlinecourseDeliberative Forums – A Deep Dive
What kind of tools and techniques do you use in your P2 processes? Are you keen to learn about a deep, rich conversational process that allows for critical thinking and productive discussion that results in a decision all while bringing participants together to jointly explore the pros and cons of a variety of alternatives? This course is intended to provide you with a comprehensive, in-depth understanding of how to design and implement a deliberative forum all while complementing and building on the content introduced in the IAP2 Foundations for Public Participation course.

Who should take this course? What are the learner outcomes? Got questions? Read more!

Dates: November 9 through December 12
LIVE SESSIONS:
Tuesday, November 15, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Eastern Friday, December 2, 12:00 – 1:30 pm Eastern

What is involved? Week 1, participants will complete course activities on their own with formal online support. In Week 2, a live session with all participants will take place on Tuesday, November 15, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Eastern. Week 3 will also provide a live session on Friday, December 2, 12:00 – 1:30 pm Eastern. In Week 4, like Week 1, participants complete course activities on their own with formal online support.

Price: IAP2 Members – $139.00 (USD) – For members of IAP2 USA, the IAP2 Affiliates, and members of the IAP2 Federation. International Members, should contact info@iap2usa.org for the registration code. Non-Members – $169.00 (USD)

Categories: Training, Virtual Training

Wendy Lowe: Improve your professional status!

April 25, 2016 Leave a comment

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Get Certified by IAP2

Prove to your customers, employers, clients, or co-workers that you are a skilled and knowledgeable p2 practitioner. Many of us work in professional isolation, surrounded by other sorts of professionals like engineers, health care specialists, educators, or environmental scientists. When they question our professional judgment, we wonder, how can I prove that I know what I am doing?

Get Certified! Architects do it, engineers do it, facilitators do it, and public relations specialists do it. The idea is hardly new. Here is an example from another profession, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), which certifies planners. Their website reads:

“The most recent APA/AICP Planners Salary Survey shows that certified planners earn more than non-certified planners, even when experience and responsibility are considered. It also opens more career opportunities, and can enhance a planner’s professional credibility.”

The same website goes on to note:

“Planners with an AICP certification have the academic qualifications, relevant work experience, and mastery of essential skills required to serve communities effectively. Hiring a certified planner demonstrates your commitment to the highest standard of ethical practice.”

Until 2015, no professional organization offered this type of rigorous vetting for Public Participation Practitioners (P2 Practitioners). The time is now, the opportunity is here, IAP2 USA now offers professional certification! IAP2’s certification program will do for P2 Practitioners what AICP has done for planners.

What exactly is professional certification? Professional certification entails independent verification by a panel of expert peers that a candidate has the qualifications to perform against a set of standards developed by the profession. Candidates can’t just brag about what they know and can do. Practitioners have to prove it by completing an assessment and demonstrating that they meet the core competencies required to do quality public participation work.

“I already took the IAP2 training. Why am I not certified?” Taking a training program, no matter how rigorous and well designed, does not provide validation of a candidate’s capability of using the information taught in a training program without formal testing and assessment.

IAP2’s Foundations Program is a 5-day training developed by practitioners for practitioners and covers the basic, essential information and skills all practitioners need to design, implement, and evaluate an effective public participation program. One of the reasons the Foundations program was renamed – from Certificate training – in 2014 was to avoid this misconception about “certification.” IAP2 USA has adopted this training because it covers the basic principles, information, and essential skills that are necessary for effective and ethical work in our field. There is no other training program that covers that material. For that reason, IAP2 USA’s Professional Certification program includes a pre-requisite of having completed the Foundations training program. Taking the training is a good start, but it is not enough. Certification can be earned after that training has been put into practice – much like a doctor doing a residency program.

The Certification Program is much more than a 5-day training program. It is based on a set of core competencies, developed in consultation with IAP2 members from around the world. It entails a three-step process designed to evaluate candidates’ performance against those core competencies. Submission of an application and portfolio of work products allows candidates to document prior work. Development of a response to a case study allows candidates to demonstrate their ability to perform P2 work. Finally, candidates have the opportunity to demonstrate a set of skills that are hard to verify using only written evidence at an in-person Assessment Center. These three steps provide the proof that candidates have what it takes to earn the highest credential for working in our field.

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You can do it! Get Certified!
Raise the standards for the field of public participation and do your part to improve the practice. Those who achieve certification are a reflection on IAP2. Like a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, the professional certification program provides tangible evidence that IAP2 USA as an organization stands behind those who are certified and documents the organization’s confidence that they are capable of delivering public participation work that meets the highest standards and adheres to the ethical principles and core values that guide IAP2.

Please visit the IAP2 USA Certification webpage for further information about this new program. And if you are excited to have the body of your work evaluated, please submit an application by May 26 to be eligible for the next Assessment Center!

Hot off the Press! More on our 2016 Skills symposium

January 19, 2016 Leave a comment

IAP2 USA Skills Symposium, February 21-25, 2016 in San Diego

We have enjoyed speaking with many of you over the last few weeks about the Symposium and it has been great to see so many registrations – YEAH! But, we are also aware that some of you still have to make the case, whether to justify your personal expense or to convince an employer that you should be attending. We’ve provided quite a bit of information—check out all of the course information by clicking on the “Learn More” links on the website—but we want to do more. So, we have gone back out to our trainers and requested some additional materials. We are still getting trainer updates, but wanted to share what we have received (below).

PLEASE NOTE: Our Symposium courses do have a minimum and maximum registration. We will be reviewing all registrations at the end of day on January 22 to determine which courses will proceed. If you have a course you want to take, don’t delay–register now, even if you have to pay a little later.

DEADLINE FOR SYMPOSIUM HOTEL RATES: The deadline for the Symposium at the Bahia Resort Hotel is almost here. January 22 is the last day to get the IAP2 USA rate of $139/night. If you think that you will be joining us make sure to book your room as soon as possible. Don’t forget, the Bahia is offering these great rates before and after the Symposiumso do a little work and a little relaxing!

Designing as if Stakeholders Matter

In our first video segment, course developer Anne Carroll provides an overview of how Designing as if Stakeholders Matter will help you learn how to design meaningful engagement projects that successfully reach out to and hear from the full spectrum of stakeholders for that project.

Testimonials

“This workshop will surely enhance the way we work with our communities to provide better services. It was most useful to have the reminders of the many diverse stakeholders who should be part of the process.”
“Getting the voice is very important – many participants representing government today; this work is critical to engaging people in services that meet their needs.”
“Fantastic trainer! I can’t remember the last time I participated in training with such a qualified and engaging trainer.”
“I’m typically a tough audience for training and not given to effusive praise – unless warranted. It is in this case.”
“Anne really took us through all the necessary steps to understand the full spectrum of diversity and how to implement an engagement by constantly challenging us to think deeper.”
More Tools!

Dialogue Partners consultant Erin Pote shares how More Tools for your Community Involvement Toolbox will give you innovative new tools and techniques to use in your P2 practice.

Testimonials

“Great ways for everyone to engage. Participation did not feel forced. Everyone’s thoughts were valued.”
“Very good questions that prompted meaningful engagement and conversation.”
“Very creative/new ideas.”
“Enjoyed hearing your various activities and examples. ”
IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation

IAP2 Licensed trainer Barbara Chappell shares how the IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation course will help you design engagement processes to bring communities and decision makers together in effective ways.

Testimonials

“Thank you for creating such an open and encouraging learning space for us. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a training and development experience so much and come away with such a sense of how I can use what I learned.”
“I think I can speak on behalf of the group by saying that you were absolutely fabulous to have as a trainer! Thanks for being so open with your experiences and willing to answer all our questions.”
“Thank you for, without a doubt, the best training I have been delivered during my long (17 year) public service career. Your enthusiasm, ability to ‘engage’ your audience and your wealth of real world examples and anecdotes are invaluable.”
“Your presentation of the IAP2 course content over the last two weeks was outstanding. It’s great to have a course facilitator that knows their stuff and has plenty of experiences to draw on to add ‘life’ to the learning experience. ”
“Thank you so much for these resources, and thanks again for such a wonderful learning session last week. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and left with my mind and eyes widened to the amazing possibilities available when engaging with the community and stakeholders.”
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Course developer Stephanie McCallum describes how Emotion, Outrage & Public Participation will help you move people from rage to reason and engage stakeholders in building consensus for better decisions.

Testimonials

“The whole course was structured wonderfully – great use of learn and apply technique. And the real life examples – from the videos and from the instructor – were very helpful.”
“I thought the instructor was excellent. She incorporated a variety of different types of activities throughout the course, which helped keep it interesting and engaging. She also shared great examples that helped make the content more tangible.”
“The learning environment was very welcoming; people felt comfortable in sharing stories, ideas, questions, etc. The use of real-world examples was very helpful.”
“Steph showed great skill in moving the sessions forward in a timely manner while seamlessly integrating contributions from the group to enhance the relevance and enjoyability of the learning experience for all. Her knowledge of the subject matter was clear and indisputable.”
The Skills Symposium is fast approaching. Don’t miss out on this fabulous lineup of training opportunities!

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Skills Symposium Foundations Course puts the “I” in P2

January 4, 2016 Leave a comment

Join trainers Barbara Chappell & Alan Beattie for one or both of the IAP2 flagship public participation courses.

The experience can be transformative.

“This is valuable training for anyone working in the Communications/Public Relations industry because so much of this knowledge is assumed or taken-for-granted, especially by decision-makers. This course applies a professional rigour and framework to these endeavours that can help either avert disaster or maximise outcomes.”
—Course participant, December 2015

“By far the best training I have attended in my 17-year public service career.”
—Course participant, May 2015

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The Planning module includes theory sessions to help participants develop an understanding of public participation and prepare them for the application of the theory to practice.

The Techniques module breaks down specific methods including World Café, Interviews, Revolving Conversations, Deliberation, and Advisory Groups. You’ll leave armed with a wealth of reference material, IAP2 tip sheets, and the ability to select appropriate procedures for each new project. Planning is a prerequisite to Techniques.

Participants in the Planning Module will learn to:

  • Develop an understanding of values based public participation
  • Prepare a public participation plan based on a clear understanding of the decision under consideration and the role the public may play in the decision process
  • Develop an understanding of how to set engagement and communication objectives and assess the associated risks
  • Develop an awareness of a range of public participation techniques
  • Determine how to select techniques to meet engagement and communication objectives
  • Review, monitor and improve public participation practices

Participants in the Techniques Module will learn to:

  • Understand key characteristics of a wide variety of traditional and emerging techniques and technologies
  • Asses and select techniques to meet identified public participation objectives
  • Modify and combine techniques to meet various objectives and circumstances
  • Determine the skills and resources needed to use different techniques effectively

Participants will receive a certificate of course completion.

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