This course is comprised of four interlinked modules, each delivered over a day's duration.
Module 1: Introduction to social planning and community development
This module covers the key theory and good practice principles that underpin quality social planning and community development. It includes discussion of:
- Legislative and Regulatory Requirements, including local government IP&R issues
- Social justice principles and the role of Quadruple Bottom Line thinking
- Effective engagement and decision making principles
- Different types of planning and key considerations including common community, recreational and infrastructure activities, plus safety, local conflicts, and crisis management.
Module 2: Social policy, planning and project management
This module introduces effective project management approaches to delivering quality social and community outcomes. It includes discussion of:
- Practice and management of specific social planning and community development activities
- Introduction to social planning research
- Introduction to effective stakeholder engagement
- Working with communities and managing change in a dynamic environment.
Module 3: Social planning methods, tools and techniques
This module covers specific approaches, tools and techniques for working at the local level, with specific reference to using evidence based research and engagement techniques. It includes discussion of:
- Designing, implementing and managing one off or ongoing social planning or community development initiatives
- Common data sources and how to use in community focused social research.
Module 4: Place based approaches, measuring impact and influencing decision making
This module will draw together the theory and practice across the three previous modules and applies the learning to place-based scenarios. It includes discussion of:
- Social Planning and Community Development measurement, evaluation and learning
- Community Indicators
- Communicating with Impact and writing for decision makers.
After completing this course, participants should have:
- Increased knowledge and understanding of social planning and community development theory, good practice and their role in decision making
- Applied community development approaches - such as social impact assessment, social infrastructure analysis, ‘Safety by Design’, and stakeholder engagement - to local scenarios
- Capacity to think strategically and practically about place and communities, using social, cultural, economic, environmental, and leadership drivers of change, working collaboratively with colleagues with colleagues and other professions
- Acquired project planning methods, tools and techniques that reflect social justice, ethics and Quadruple Bottom Line concepts required in local government settings
- Analysed current challenges and barriers, plus personal views and values and their impact on professional practice
- Learned skills in impactful communications and report writing relevant to social planning and community development decision making.
Full price: $2,990 (GST-free)*
*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.
This short course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.
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