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IAP2 USA Skills Symposium, February 21-25, 2016 – Are you joining us in San Diego?

November 13, 2015 Leave a comment

Why would you want to join us?

  • You are new to the profession and are trying to figure out what Public Participation is all about
  • You have been a practitioner for a number of years and recognize that it is time to update your skills
  • You are interested in public participation and want to learn more
  • Other?

What are your professional development objectives? No matter your training goals we believe that we can meet your needs. Early bird registration continues until December 16th – please note that space in the courses and at our Symposium hotel are limited so register now and avoid disappointment.

We are truly excited to be welcoming trainers from around the world to this first class training opportunity. Curious and want to learn more? Check out the 2016 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium!

New Ideas & New Techniques for Delivering Top-Notch P2!

April 6, 2015 Leave a comment

You asked for it and we are delivering!  Don’t miss this opportunity, make sure that you register soon for these advanced P2 training courses. 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.  

Open Space; Designing and Facilitating Deliberation for Co-Created Outcomes; Integrating Public Participation Throughout our Organizations, and IAP2’s Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation are just some of the 14 exciting and informative sessions that are being offered.  

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

Open Space (Friday, May 29th):

The world is facing complex, stubborn issues. Participative methods, such as Open Space Technology offer an opportunity to tap the collective intelligence, leverage diversity, encourage constructive conflict and lead to collective clarity and wise action. At a minimum, OST allows participants to learn about each other’s interests. With more time, organizations can tackle the difficult issues and have solutions that people are invested in and ready to move forward.

This workshop explores the concepts behind the method and prepares the participants to step into creating an Open Space with confidence. There is ample opportunity to practice the method and plenty of time for questions and learning together.

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce principles of Open Space Technologies
  • Introduce history of Open Space Technologies
  • Provide teachi
  • ng opportunities for participants
  • Provide experiential learning opportunities for participants
  • Teach basic knowledge of OST allowing participants to conduct basic OST meetings

Register here

Designing and Facilitating Deliberation for Co-Created Outcomes (2 Days):

Sometimes public participation efforts, especially early in planning processes, require well-considered, collectively generated input or recommendations – something beyond asking participants to select from a series of previously-identified options. In these situations, where participants create their own options, practitioners must guide the group’s work by continually channeling it toward a desired product.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify contexts where deliberation leading to a collective product is an appropriate tool.
  • Participants will be able to formulate a template (form, not content) for the deliberative product that maximizes its usefulness in next steps.
  • Participants will be able to design a stepped deliberative process to produce a well-considered, collectively drafted outcome that conforms to the template.
  • Participants will gain facilitative skills useful in guiding a group to think and work together to generate a collective product.

Register here

Integrating Public Participation Throughout Our Organizations (Saturday, May 30th):

What helps public participation become part of our organization’s culture? This exploratory workshop is designed for staff who are responsible for, or interested in, embedding public participation into the fabric of their organizations. Our time together will consist of sharing stories and examples, facilitated reflection, tangible project exploration and group work as we explore strategies and techniques to embedding public participation deeper into our organizations. In the end, every participant will leave with an adaptable action plan they finalize and implement with their coworkers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover a model used by City of Dubuque to develop strategies for embedding public participation deeper into the organization
  • Discuss human and process strategies used to align existing structures of the organization with the IAP2 spectrum
  • Explore approaches to addressing staff capacity issues during this change
  • Develop a personalized action plan focused on framework development, integration or both.

Register here

IAP2:  Emotion and Outrage in Public Participation (2 Days):

Making better decisions in today’s world of conflicting viewpoints and rising outrage requires skills and knowledge.  Dr. Peter Sandman has been a leader in communicating in high-outrage situations.  IAP2 has been a leader for effectively involving people in decision making.  Their experience and knowledge are combined in Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation.  This course is designed to help participants improve their decision making and public engagement in emotional projects — situations where outrage threatens decisions, collaboration, and community. Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation is highly interactive and uses case studies, video clips, group discussion and application of strategies.

Learning Objectives:

Participants who complete the Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation course will be able to:
  • Link meaningful and best practices for public participation with outrage and emotion
  • Apply the principles and concepts of both and understand how they can work together
  • Apply newly-learned outrage management behaviors
  • Use six strategies for addressing outrage and plan for it in their public participation efforts

Register here

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!

Categories: Skills Symposium

Dive Deeper Into Successful P2!

March 26, 2015 Leave a comment

2015 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium

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

The event will involve a wide range of workshops of varying duration and topics exploring skills, tools and techniques that support effective public participation. This training will be undertaken in a rich learning environment, with activities building a creative and supportive space for participants whether they spend a day or the whole week at the event.

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!

Developmental Evaluation for P2 (2 days):

The evaluation profession offers a rich variety of contrasting models, methods, and approaches that can be applied to P2 initiatives across the IAP2 Spectrum of Participation.  The challenge this course addresses is how to match evaluation to the nature of P2 initiative being evaluated. This means using traditional goals-focused evaluation approaches when appropriate and, alternatively,  employing innovative developmental evaluation approaches when faced with systems change dynamics and initiatives that unfold in complex dynamic environments.  Under such conditions the P2 process, to be effective, and the evaluation, to be useful, must be aligned.   Both should be adaptable, responsive, interactive, and collaborative.  This course will cover how to design and conduct a P2-focused developmental evaluation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants can design and implement an evaluation process that is aligned with the IAP2 Spectrum of Participation.
  • Participants know the factors that affect whether a P2 evaluation is useful – and actually used. They can conduct evaluations taking those factors into account to enhance use.
  • Participants will understand developmental evaluation as a particularly appropriate and powerful option for IAP2 evaluation.
  • Participants know how to adapt evaluation to various P2 situations and challenges.
  • Participants know how to select and apply diverse and mixed methods to P2 evaluation.
  • Participants can design and conduct evaluations that are consistent with IAP2 principles and evaluation’s professional standards.

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Facilitation Skills for P2 Practitioners (3 days):

This course is designed to help people who want to be more comfortable facilitating public meetings.  It builds upon foundational information from the IAP2 Foundations Program and the International Association of Facilitators Core Facilitator Competencies.  The course includes three videotaped opportunities for practicing facilitation skills interspersed with informational presentations, facilitated discussions, and small group exercises to help participants become more comfortable and proficient at facilitating groups.  Students receive a 112 page manual and a deck of cards (http://groupworksdeck.org) and will be provided copies of three videos of themselves facilitating within two weeks of the course.

Learning Objectives:

After taking this course, students will be able to:

  • List the parts of a facilitated event
  • Conduct appropriate planning for facilitated events
  • Design an agenda to accomplish established objectives
  • Select from common facilitation methods
  • Design effective questions for eliciting desired input from participants
  • Respond to challenging situations within the context of a facilitated event
  • Prepare an appropriate event record
  • Reflect on their own facilitation styles.

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Technology for P2 (1 Day course offered twice):

There are a wide array of platforms and apps for public participation, including tools for problem reporting, ideation, texting, deliberation, and neighborhood community-building. What can these tools do, and what are their limitations? More importantly, how can you combine them, and connect them with face-to-face opportunities, in sound long-term plans for public participation? This course will describe the main trends and tools in the realm of civic technology, suggest areas for innovation, and help people think through what they need.

Learning Objectives:

  • Categorize different kinds and uses of participation technology
  • List and assess strengths and weaknesses of the main tools and platforms
  • Understand how civic technology can fit within a strong local participation infrastructure
  • Develop plans for better participation technology

Register here – Thursday, May 28th or Saturday, May 30th


 

Power lines, Landfills, and Roads – Oh No! (Friday, May 29th):

Finding locations for things nobody wants can be a challenging and painful experience. With a flexible approach and a willingness to accept a level of uncertainty, a strong public engagement program can be used effectively to address many of the concerns voiced by the public in facility siting efforts. This interactive workshop will explore ways to translate public concerns into siting criteria that can reduce public opposition and can be documented and defended in NEPA and other processes. The payoff can be faster project approvals, reduced ROW and litigation costs, and better customer relations.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to decide the level of uncertainty you’re comfortable with, using the IAP2 Spectrum
  • Review elements of strong public participation programs & how they can be used to address project challenges
  • Understand connections between public values, company/agency objectives, technical data, site selection criteria, and effective mitigation
  • Learn how to make more implementable decisions by engaging the public authentically

Register >>


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 webpage 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!

Categories: Skills Symposium