IAP2 CANADA TRAINING STRATEGY
Training Committee Launches in 2017
The Story So Far
In 2016, several dedicated IAP2 Canada members worked on setting the foundation for the development of a national training strategy. These volunteers envisioned a training strategy that would encompass on the ground practical foundational training, as well as special focus training that would allow practitioners to build skills and competency to successfully complete the recently developed P2 certification process.
Late last year, discussion turned into action when a small group of staff and members - supported by the IAP2 Canada Board and with help from an external consultant - formed a Training and Development Task Force to research training needs across the country. Research for this project involved semi-structured interviews with 20 engagement experts across Canada, a survey open to IAP2 Canada members and friends, and an environmental scan of currently available Canadian P2 training.
What We Heard
Research findings indicated that Canadian P2 practitioners are actively seeking further training opportunities to build and develop their skills. Ideally, this training would be diverse, affordable, and accessible.
The findings also highlighted the importance of making P2 training available to non-practitioners: decision-makers, professionals such as project managers, and public and civil society organizations. It was felt that providing basic P2 knowledge and skills to this sector and raising awareness with them of the benefits of public engagement, would contribute to increasing the quality and quantity of future Canadian P2 initiatives.
What We're Doing
The 2016 Task Force is now making the transition into the 2017 IAP2 Canada Training Committee, and with the support of the Board and staff will be developing a national training strategy. This will include a comprehensive framework for training development, a 3-year training plan, and on-going development and pilot delivery of new P2 training.
A call for interest in Training Committee membership - from both members and stakeholders - went out in December. We had an excellent response from individuals across the country, and are are now contacting folks to confirm interest and availability. Thanks to everyone who expressed interest.
Watch this space -- and the IAP2 Canada Newsletters -- for more information.