Events Calendar

IAP2 USA offers training courses, networking events and other programs of interest and value to P2 practitioners. These events are presented by IAP2 USA alone, or in partnership with consultants and are listed on this calendar.


How do I register online? To register for an event, click on the event name, click on the registration link, then complete the registration page by filling in your information. You will be receiving a confirmation email soon after you have completed registration. 

How do I register offline? If online registration is not available please download the registration form and fax or mail it in to the appropriate location. Please note that some of our events are handled by chapters or independent consultants, and inquiries should be sent directly to them. 

Upcoming events

    • February 28, 2024
    • (EST)
    • June 26, 2024
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    DIGITAL DISCOVERY SERIES 2024 

    FIVE-PACK REGISTRATION


    Digital Discovery Series 2024

    Elevate your digital engagement proficiency in today's dynamic world through the widely acclaimed Digital Discovery Series, presented collaboratively by IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA.

    Delve into this collection of meticulously designed webinars, featuring seasoned practitioners who explore fundamental aspects of digital civic participation.

    Seize the opportunity with our exclusive "five-pack" offer: select all five workshops in the Digital Discovery Series for just $140.00 (for IAP2 members) or $200 (for non-members). When you register for all five, you'll receive one session for free! You can register for the entire five-pack or choose individual sessions.

    Note: Members must be logged in to access member pricing.

    What to expect in this five-part series:

    Boost Your Impact: Digital Advertising Strategies for Public Participation
    • 28 February 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

    Multi-Channel Engagement: Gathering Input across Multiple Digital Platforms
    • 27 March 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

    AI Essentials: Tools and Policies for a Changing P2 Environment
    • 24 April 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

    Inclusion and Digital Tools: Planning for Intersectionality in Online Engagement
    • 29 May 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

    Decoding Open-Ended Input: Analysis Tools
    • 26 June 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)


    About your presenter:

    Susanna Haas Lyons, M.A., is a public engagement specialist who develops strategy and provides training for better conversations between the public and decision-makers. She has 20+ years of international leadership experience in designing, facilitating, managing, and evaluating complex civic engagement efforts. 

    Susanna is an instructor with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) as well as a post-secondary instructor for Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue and Civic Engagement certificate program. She teaches about deliberative dialogue, digital engagement, large-scale engagement, and more. 

    Time Zones: 

    • 2:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern
    • 1:00 - 2:30 pm Central
    • 12:00 - 1:30 pm Mountain
    • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Pacific


    • June 07, 2024
    • (PDT)
    • August 02, 2024
    • (PDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • City of San Diego
    Register

    County of San Diego Global Certificate in Public Participation

    **This training is for the COUNTY of San Diego employees ONLY**

    IAP2 USA Licensed Trainer: Cathy Smith 

    • Fundamentals 
    • Designing and Leading
    • Applying Methods 

    Cohort #1, training dates (in-person): 

    • Fundamentals - June 7 
    • Designing and Leading - July 18 and 19 
    • Applying Methods - August 1 and 2 

    Training and Course Details: 

    IAP2 Certificate Program

    IAP2 USA's Certificate in Public Participation (P2) consists of 3 core courses - Fundamentals of Public Participation, Designing Public Participation, and Applying Methods. Based on IAP2's internationally recognized Global Learning Pathway, this professional development certificate program builds on the foundations of public participation training and best practices from around the globe to provide participants with over 30 hours of effective training in public participation and engagement.

    #1 Fundamentals of Public Participation

    Prerequisite for Designing Public Participation and Applying Methods

    The Fundamentals of Public Participation (P2) course is a prerequisite to other courses in the Global Learning Pathway that sets out the underpinning models and frameworks of engagement practice as defined by the IAP2 community.

    The focus of this course is on understanding and applying the practices of meaningful and effective P2 and what participants need to know to do this well. The training explores best practices, and how to design and apply this knowledge to your P2.

    Course objectives

    By the end of this course participants will be able to:

    • Define P2 and related terms and what makes it unique
    • Identify what makes P2 meaningful, and reflect on the benefits, risks and myths related to P2
    • Identify the role that values play in P2 work, and the leadership attributes that will serve them in practice
    • Reflect on and apply ethical leadership actions and abilities to P2 situations
    • Apply the Profiles of P2 model to P2, and explore organization- and community-led engagement and how that impacts the engagement process
    • Reflect on and apply the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and explore the roles and impacts of power and influence
    • Apply the IAP2 Spectrum to P2 situations and practice
    • Explore the Practice Framework as a tool for effective planning and process, and assess the quality of the process

    #2 Designing & Leading Public Participation

    Designing Public Participation (P2) is a Level 2 course that introduces practitioners to the design and plan phases of the practice framework, providing them with the opportunity to develop P2 plans. This includes scoping, community mapping, determining purpose and objectives and levels of influence, choosing appropriate methods and managing resources, while considering the needs of diverse audiences. The course is suitable for practitioners who are leading the planning and implementation of P2 processes.

    Course objectives:

    1. For a real-world scenario, design an engagement process and plan that includes:

    • Develop a clear scope of the work, problem or opportunity with identified negotiables and non-negotiables
    • Conduct detailed stakeholder analysis, community mapping and equity analysis
    • Identify appropriate roles and levels of influence for key participants
    • Establish clear engagement purpose and objectives and success criteria/measures to suit scenario
    • Identify relevant profiles of engagement
    • Conduct a detailed risk/opportunities assessment
    • Identify key roles for senior leaders and decision makers

    2. Explore principles and approaches for equity, diversity and inclusion, and apply them to stakeholder analysis

    3. Embed digital strategies, platforms, tools and methods as part of the plan and process

    4. Develop an evaluation framework to suit the scenario

    5. Identify key roles and resources needed to implement the P2/engagement plan

    6. Develop and apply a suitable presentation to senior leaders that will secure commitment and resources for the P2/engagement plan

    7. Identify the many different contexts of engagement, including the elements present in more complex engagement scenarios

    #3 Applying Methods for Public Participation 

    Designing Public Participation is a prerequisite for this course

    Applying Methods is a Level 2 course that introduces practitioners to a large number of P2 methods.

    This includes learning how to design specific methods, developing good question design, and having an opportunity to practice running some methods.

    The course is suitable for practitioners who are part of a team implementing a P2 process and are looking for the practical skills to be effective in designing and applying methods.

    Course objectives:

    1. Identify a range of methods that can be used for various engagement purposes and processes, and strategies to select the most appropriate method/s for an engagement project/process.

    2. Research, design and test a F2F and/or online method using a range of tools and resources.

    3. Apply the four steps of designing a method incorporating the eight key components of

    method design.

    4. Develop rational and experiential aims.

    5. Design an appropriate format.

    6. Design questions and process.

    7. Develop appropriate communications.

    8. Combine methods to achieve engagement goals and objectives and test for appropriate sequencing.

    9. Incorporate inclusion and diversity principles

    10. Identify data management needs, evaluation points and measures.

    11. Identify resources required.

    12. Explore a variety of both F2F and online methods/ techniques that are more structured and have nested methods within them (e.g., Deliberative

    Processes, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space Technology).

    13. Analyze the specific requirements for online and digital methods, identify and select appropriate platforms and tools to meet needs and strategize to develop these methods for delivery.

    14. Identify principles for monitoring online activity.

    15. Test the design by running elements of the method and submitting to peer review using a checklist.

    16. Apply methods to achieve engagement goals and objectives, including using effective communication skills, and test for appropriate sequencing.

    17. Design key messages and communication tools that build trust and integrity, and meet the needs of diverse audiences.


    • June 20, 2024
    • (EDT)
    • June 21, 2024
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online with Trainer Kimberly Horndeski
    • 7
    Registration is closed

     Fundamentals of Public Participation

    First course to be taken before Designing Public Participation and Applying Methods

    The Fundamentals of Public Participation (P2) course is a prerequisite to other courses in the Global Learning Pathway that sets out the underpinning models and frameworks of engagement practice as defined by the IAP2 community.

    The focus of this course is on understanding and applying the practices of meaningful and effective P2 and what participants need to know to do this well. The training explores best practices, and how to design and apply this knowledge to your P2.

    Course objectives

    By the end of this course participants will be able to:

    • Define P2 and related terms and what makes it unique
    • Identify what makes P2 meaningful, and reflect on the benefits, risks and myths related to P2
    • Identify the role that values play in P2 work, and the leadership attributes that will serve them in practice 
    • Reflect on and apply ethical leadership actions and abilities to P2 situations
    • Apply the Profiles of P2 model to P2, and explore organization- and community-led engagement and how that impacts the engagement process
    • Reflect on and apply the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and explore the roles and impacts of power and influence
    • Apply the IAP2 Spectrum to P2 situations and practice
    • Explore the Practice Framework as a tool for effective planning and process, and assess the quality of the process

    Professional Certification/Credits

    THIS COURSE

    #1 Fundamentals of Public Participation (2 - 4 hour sessions CM I 8 CM) 

      June 20 and 21, 2024     1 PM – 5 PM ET

      Members $275 --  Regular $325

      Last day to Register June 14, 2024

       — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

      **You must first complete this module before taking Designing Public Participation and/or Applying Methods**

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      NEXT COURSE

      #2 Designing & Leading Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 18 CM

        July 16-19, 2024 | 1 PM – 5 PM ET

        Members $550 -- Regular $650 

        FINAL COURSE

        #3 Applying Methods for Public Participation  (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 18 CM

          August 6-9, 2024 | 1 PM – 5 PM ET

          Members $550 -- Regular $650 

          GLP Certificate Program - All Three Modules (10 - 4 hour Sessions) 

          Regular $1,625  Members $1,375 


          Trainer: Kimberly Horndeski

          Kimberly is a certified mediator, facilitator, and the Executive Director for Community Consulting LLC. Her work focuses on integrating policy and science to engage stakeholders, develop strategic plans, promote collaboration, and transform conflict into successful strategies for the future. She has led multiple state and national working groups to overcome challenges and reach consensus. Her projects include bottom-up approaches, such as working with nonprofits to develop effective strategies to engage elected officials in adopting initiatives, and top-down approaches, such as assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service throughout the nation to incorporate stakeholder values in the decision-making processes for federally-listed threatened and endangered species.

          • June 24, 2024
          • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
          • MnDOT Training Center, 1900 County Road West, Shoreview, MN 55126
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          IAP2's Fundamentals of Public Participation

          First course to be taken before Designing Public Participation and Applying Methods

          The Fundamentals of Public Participation (P2) course is a prerequisite to other courses in the Global Learning Pathway that sets out the underpinning models and frameworks of engagement practice as defined by the IAP2 community.

          The focus of this course is on understanding and applying the practices of meaningful and effective P2 and what participants need to know to do this well. The training explores best practices, and how to design and apply this knowledge to your P2.

          Course objectives

          By the end of this course participants will be able to:

          • Define P2 and related terms and what makes it unique
          • Identify what makes P2 meaningful, and reflect on the benefits, risks and myths related to P2
          • Identify the role that values play in P2 work, and the leadership attributes that will serve them in practice 
          • Reflect on and apply ethical leadership actions and abilities to P2 situations
          • Apply the Profiles of P2 model to P2, and explore organization- and community-led engagement and how that impacts the engagement process
          • Reflect on and apply the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and explore the roles and impacts of power and influence
          • Apply the IAP2 Spectrum to P2 situations and practice
          • Explore the Practice Framework as a tool for effective planning and process, and assess the quality of the process

          Professional Certification/Credits


          Trainer: Justin Schneider 

          A person smiling for the camera Description automatically generated with medium confidenceJustin has more than 20 years of experience working with communities in the United States and abroad, focusing on p2/engagement, community development, community-based research, and legal work. Justin began his connection with IAP2 in 2018 and now supports the Lonestar Chapter. Currently, Justin is based in Austin, Texas and works for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department as a community engagement consultant.


          • June 24, 2024
          • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
          • MnDOT Training Center, 1900 County Road West, Shoreview, MN 55126
          • 0