IAP2 Public Participation for Decision Makers Seminar (Delaney Virtual Academy)

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Virtual Seminar: IAP2 Public Participation for Decision Makers

When: November 10, 2020, 3:00PM – 6:00PM
Cost: $20+Tax for Members; $40+Tax for non-Members; (Sponsored by CMHC and Vancity)
Location: Anywhere in BC (Virtual Seminar)

Have you ever asked: Do we really need to engage tenants on this program change? Why can’t we just organize an open house for this new development project? You’ll find the answers in this high-level, fast-paced and interactive workshop.

The three-hour seminar is for Executive Directors and Senior Managers from non-profit housing organizations. Participants will explore the foundations of authentic engagement from a decision maker’s point of view and learn how public participation can be integrated into the overall project plan.

See below for a full overview of the Seminar.

The IAP2 Public Participation for Decision Makers Seminar runs from 3:00PM – 6:00PM. Participants will receive their login information a few days in advance of the meeting. Please arrive a few minutes early to get started on time.

Seminar Details:

Your participation

This is a highly-subsidized course made possible with the support of Vancity and CMHC. A nominal fee is charged only. The cost charged does not reflect the high value of the course.  Before registering, please carefully review the training details and clarify any questions that may impede your participation before you register.

Why is this seminar important?

The seminar is an effective platform for discussing organizational goals and strategies relating to community and stakeholder engagement and helps decision makers get the best value from a public participation process. The seminar looks at the foundations of authentic engagement from a decision maker’s point of view and offers a perspective on how public participation can be integrated into the overall project plan. It examines the costs and benefits of public participation; discusses when and why to involve the public in an organizational decision; and, emphasizes the importance of the commitment to the public about involvement in the decision process. The seminar also provides an overview of what the decision maker should know about the public participation practitioner’s role.

What will I learn?

Decision makers leave this seminar having considered important concepts that relate to risk assessment / management, good governance and public policy, in the context of community and stakeholder engagement; specifically, at the conclusion of this seminar, decision makers will have considered:

  • How public participation ties into their decision-making processes
  • When and why to have the public participate in their decisions
  • The decision maker’s unique role and commitment
  • Key concepts that must be considered to be effective when involving others


  • What is public participation?
  • Why or why not engage?
  • How staff plan and design engagement initiatives
  • Decision maker’s role in the planning process
  • Summary and evaluation

Engagement Components and Considerations

  • Clarify the decision and decision-making process
  • Impact analysis to develop a full understanding of your stakeholder community
  • Define the appropriate level of public participation
  • Embrace the core values of public participation
  • Design your public participation process, reflecting values and resources
  • Evaluate and adapt continuously
  • Roles and commitments

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