Course Information

Overview, structure, participants

Public participation (P2) continues to evolve from one-time events to a culture of engagement and capacity building. To hasten and support that evolution, course participants learn how to conduct an “audit” of their organization’s civic engagement infrastructure (policies, procedures, proficiencies, and performance) to assess strengths and weaknesses, and then plan specific actions to advance a robust P2 infrastructure.

We introduce the value of such an audit tied to the IAP2 Core Values and Code of Ethics, and then walk through the audit process, interpreting findings, and designing responsive actions. Through short presentations, hands-on exercises, best practices and innovations, and group learnings, participants understand how to take their organizations through this audit and planning process and elevate the importance, value, and benefits of meaningful engagement.

Learning objectives

Drawing from theory, multiple examples, and best practices, at the end of this course participants will:

  • Understand the value and importance of good P2 in improving public decisions
  • Ground P2 in ethical foundations
  • Audit their organization’s P2 infrastructure, looking at policies, professional practices, resources and capabilities, and performance
  • Develop a prioritized Action Plan to upgrade their P2 infrastructure

Participant Materials

Participants who complete the course receive a comprehensive set of materials as follows:

  • Participant Manual, with color pages in a convenient 3-ring binder (see details at the links below)
  • Electronic version of the Participant Manual and associated templates
  • Electronic version of the training session materials
  • Rights to use content for their organization, as long as they provide proper credit

Course Outline

Audit and Action Planning

Costs, Logistics, and Supplies