IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation – 2020 Virtual/Blended Program

Internationally recognized community and stakeholder training offered to non-profit housing organizations from across the province (in a virtual format)

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Are you wondering how to manage community and stakeholder engagements that will move your projects forward in a timely, cost-effective way? Learn how to apply the elements of successful engagement planning, in order to ensure dialogue is positive, respectful and productive, by participating in our IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation program.

The training is particularly relevant for non-profits pursuing affordable housing development, who need to develop positive and supportive relationships with their neighbours and the wider community.

BCNPHA, with support from Vancity and CMHC, is offering the two modules of this program to a limited number of representatives from non-profit housing organizations at a total cost of $300 + tax. (Standard cost for this course is $2,325 + tax.)

IAP2 Training Overview

About: There are two modules to the Foundations program: Planning for Effective Public Participation (three training days) and Techniques for Public Participation (two training days). Participation in the course will provide you with access to both.

Planning Course
16 hours of facilitated training over eight days (two weeks/Monday – Thursday); plus self-study.

  • The Planning module will be delivered virtually.
  • A two-hour virtual facilitated session each morning, during the following weeks:
    • Week 1: September 28 – October 1
    • Week 2: October 5 – October 8
  • Sessions run Monday through Thursday.
  • Sessions run daily from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (PST).
  • There are self-directed assignments between sessions.
  • A mandatory pre-course Technology Orientation session will take place Thursday, September 24, from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (PST) before the course starts.

Techniques Course
Format and date to be determined.

  • The Techniques course will be delivered either in-person or virtually (tbd).
  • Please hold the week of November 2 – 6.
  • The timing and format will be determined with involvement from participants and in consideration of Provincial Health Regulations in light of COVID-19.
  • See our FAQ below for details

Participant Fee: $300 + tax. Standard cost for this course is $2,325 + tax.

Application: Seating is limited. The application process will help us identify participants who will benefit most from this highly subsidized training. Registration is limited to one attendee per organization. Please review the Detailed Training Information and FAQs before applying. The application deadline is August 10, 2020 (5pm)

Detailed Training Information

The International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Foundations in Public Participation training will be provided by licensed IAP2 trainers from Delaney + Associates – a national engagement firm who delivered this training on behalf of BCNPHA and Vancity, to great reviews, in 2019. Delaney provides IAP2 training across the country, bringing their many years of engagement consulting experience to the classroom, including work with the City of Vancouver and other housing projects.

The course is designed for staff who will be designing and implementing community and stakeholder engagement plans. It will be customized with content, guest speakers and case studies from the non-profit housing sector, using participants’ examples.

There are two modules to the Foundations program: Planning for Effective Public Participation (three training days) and Techniques for Public Participation (two training days). IAP2 issues a certificate of completion for each, as well as a certificate called Foundations in Public Participation for both.

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Who can apply?
This training is reserved exclusively for non-profit housing organizations (preference will be given to BCNPHA members, but all non-profit housing providers can apply).

Attendees should be in a community engagement, communication or strategic position within their organization and would likely be designing or implementing an engagement program.

Organizations should be developing a property already, or looking towards (re)development. Your new project could be in the early stages (i.e. visioning/feasibility/planning), but should be no longer than two to four years out.

When and how will the Techniques Course take place?
The two-day Techniques module provides course participants an opportunity to learn how to align technique selection with engagement outcomes, understand and apply different technique formats, and practice and observe key engagement techniques, including online techniques. While we are hopeful an in-person course can take place in the late fall, in Vancouver, rest assured a great deal of effort is now underway to bring this course online. The use of video, social media clips, and large- and small-group online activities will make it very informative and interactive. Please hold the first week of November in your calendars, as you wait for further details about dates and format. If delivered online, the format will likely be a virtual course of 12 hours – running for three hours per session over four days.

Do you provide travel bursaries?
Participants will receive a $100 refund if they cannot attend the second module for any reason. If the course is held in-person, some travel bursaries will be made available for out-of-town participants to cover partial travel and/or accommodation costs. Bursaries are only available to registrants from non-profit housing societies with less than 100 units. These will be distributed through a separate process and require a statement regarding the total amount requested and what the funds will be used for, as well as receipts.

Can I attend one of the modules only? What if I cannot travel to an in-person training in Vancouver?
IAP2 issues a certificate of completion for each of the modules, as well as a certificate called Foundations in Public Participation upon completion of both. We hope participants can attend for the full duration of the program; however, noting that details are not available yet for the Techniques module, should this module be held in-person (in Vancouver), or occur on dates that conflict with participants’ schedules, they have the option to opt out should they not be able to attend. Participants will receive a $100 refund if they attend the first module only.

Attendance cannot be shared or transferred by a participant in any case.

Can I be reimbursed if I cannot attend?
This is a highly-subsidized course and participation will be validated through a competitive application process. Once payment is made, it is non-refundable, unless a substitute from the pool of applicants can be found. An exception applies regarding non-participation in the Techniques module (see above).

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Note: Registration closes August 10, 2020

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