2 Day Course - Public Deliberation Techniques: Inclusive Methods for Informed Engagement on Polarized Issues

  • April 25, 2022
  • (EDT)
  • April 26, 2022
  • (EDT)
  • 2 sessions
  • April 25, 2022, 12:00 PM 3:30 PM (EDT)
  • April 26, 2022, 12:00 PM 3:30 PM (EDT)
  • Online via Zoom
  • 17


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April 25 & 26, 2022

12:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern   

Learn to cultivate informed and thoughtful public discussion in this age of polarized debate. This course introduces engagement methods used for policy issues around the globe: Citizens Assemblies, Deliberative Polling, and the 21st Century Town meeting. In each method, people from different walks of life are convened to learn about an important topic, deliberate on options for action, make proposals to governments and leaders, and generate ideas for change. You will explore, and apply to your own work, key ingredients of these processes, including developing discussion content and questions, as well as outreach strategies to involve large numbers of diverse participants.

This course covers topics such as:

  • Identifying and addressing barriers to P2 participation 
  • Analysis of power and privilege in designing and convening large scale participation 
  • The qualities of debate, dialogue and deliberation
  • Synthesizing large amounts of public comments
  • Supporting informed participation
  • Design considerations for public deliberation

Participants completing this course can:

  • Begin to design meetings that emphasize dialogue and deliberation among participants
  • Identify various approaches for participant recruitment that is demographically representative of communities most impacted by the issue
  • Compare and contrast the theory and practice of the Citizen Assemblies, Deliberative Polling  and 21st Century Town Hall  
  • Apply aspects of deliberative dialogue methods to your own work 
  • Identify and address barriers to participation 
  • Draft powerful discussion questions that solicit focused participant input 
  • Describe approaches for supporting participant learning
    Cost: $265 member, $355 nonmember, $175 student member

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    International IAP2 members and students require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2usa.org to obtain it.


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    Trainer: Susanna Haas Lyons, M.A.

    Susanna Haas Lyons, M.A. is a civic engagement specialist. She designs participation strategies, facilitates complex meetings, and provides training for better conversations between the public and decision-makers. Bridging online and face-to-face methods, she has worked for almost 20-years on large and complex citizen and stakeholder engagement projects across North America. Susanna teaches public participation skills for government, at post-secondary institutions and for professional learners. She is also a judge for Canada’s International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) annual awards that recognize excellence and innovation in public participation. susannahaaslyons.com

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