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Foundations of public participation (IAP2): module 1

Planning for Effective Public Participation was designed with the input of practitioners who work with diverse populations and divergent circumstances throughout the world.

About this course

This practical course draws on expertise of the IAP2 International Licensed Trainers to ensure you will receive the best training in community engagement available globally. Learn how to prepare your organisation for engaging with the public.

Module 1 focuses on defining the issues, identifying stakeholders and ensuring their involvement throughout your project. Using IAP2’s Spectrum of Public Participation, course participants learn to choose the appropriate level of public participation and how to plan for the timing, techniques and resources needed to make public engagement a success. Emphasis is also placed on creating and using continuous feedback and evaluation.

Course structure

Rapid developments in technology, economic and political changes across the globe along with widespread use of social media have created new challenges in engaging the public. 

This course, Planning for Effective Public Participation is the first of two modules for the Foundations in Public Participation (IAP2).

The two modules are;

  • Module 1: Planning for Effective Public Participation
  • Module 2: Techniques for Effective Public Participation


Module 1  - Planning for Effective Public Participation

Initiatives can fail to reach their goals due to inadequate planning. This module provides you with a structure to plan for successful public engagement for your project. You will have the opportunity to explore your own challenges and case studies and apply the essential elements for effective public participation planning to these case studies and challenges.


Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the scope of a decision from the perspective of the decision maker and the public
  • Identify the decision steps, timing and resources
  • Establish roles and responsibilities and appropriate techniques
  • Select the appropriate IAP2 spectrum level of public participation
  • Set clear and achievable objectives
  • Develop a detailed public participation plan
  • Plan for communications to support your engagement
  • Plan for evaluation


Upon completion of both courses (Modules 1 and 2), you will receive a Certificate of Completion, Foundations of Public Participation from IAP2.

Who is this course for?

For professionals who either need to oversee or become directly involved with planning and delivery of community engagement for policy or projects. 



18 March




3 days

Meet the Expert

Margaret Harvie

Margaret Harvie
Director, Community Engagement, PlanCom

Margaret, co-founder and Director of PlanCom Consulting, is trusted by her clients for effectively advising on approaches to engage the public in dialogue about planning and infrastructure. Her experience in projects gives her the ability to pre-empt the issues and responses from the public. From a background in the government and community sector she commenced as a consultant specialising in public engagement in the late 1990s. For 10 years she was a consultant in international consultancy firms, managing community engagement teams in Queensland and NSW. Margaret brings a world view to her work having lived and worked in the USA and Japan and led professional assignments in Singapore, Peoples Republic of China, Malaysia, Fiji and New Guinea. 


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09:00 AM, Wednesday, 18 March
Expert: Margaret Harvie
  • Wednesday, 18 March
  • 3 days
  • On-campus
  • 18-20 March 2020, 9am-5pm | UTS City Campus
09:00 AM, Wednesday, 23 September
Expert: Margaret Harvie
  • Wednesday, 23 September
  • On-campus
  • 23-25 September 2020, 9am-5pm | UTS City Campus

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