Dive Deeper Into Successful P2!

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 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 – 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

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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!

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