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Foundations of public participation (IAP2): module 2

Techniques 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 2 will give you the toolkit for success in your engagement. You will be able to choose the ideal techniques based on IAP2’s Spectrum for Public Participation and the unique project and engagement objectives.

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, Techniques for Effective Public Participation, is the second of two modules for the Foundations in Public Participation (IAP2). Please note, that completion of module one is a prerequisite for completing Module Two.

The two modules are;

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


Module 2 - Techniques for Effective Public Participation

In this module, you will learn over 40 methods that you can apply to your next community engagement.  This includes World Café, interviews, focus groups, surveys, revolving conversations, deliberative techniques and community advisory groups. You will be provided with reference materials including details of the implementation of technique and tipsheets. You will be able to select the right technique for your next project.


Learning Outcomes

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

  • Select and use appropriate techniques for all levels on the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation
  • Choose and apply techniques to share, collect and compile input and bring people together
  • Adapt techniques to suit specific situations and accomplish public participation objectives
  • Communicate effectively throughout the public participation process and under varied circumstances


Upon completion of both courses (Module 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. 



23 April




2 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, Thursday, 23 April
Expert: Margaret Harvie
  • Thursday, 23 April
  • 2 days
  • On-campus
  • 23-24 April 2020, 9am-5pm | UTS City Campus
09:00 AM, Monday, 19 October
Expert: Margaret Harvie
  • Monday, 19 October
  • 2 days
  • On-campus
  • 19-20 October 2020, 9am-5pm | UTS City Campus

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