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Applying Methods (McCallum & Horndeski)

  • 14 Aug 2023
  • 12:00 PM
  • 17 Aug 2023
  • 4:00 PM

Either "Fundamentals of Public Participation and Engagement (Level 1 practitioners)" or "IAP2 Way in Challenging Contexts (Level 2 practitioners)" is a prerequisite for this course. Learn more

Applying Methods is a Level 2 course that focuses on exploring a variety of methods used in implementing public participation and engagement and considers how to design and integrate those methods into the public participation and engagement practice process. Participants will learn to select, assess and create effective elements of methods to work meaningfully with participants.

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Course Objectives: 

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify a range of methods that can be used for various engagement purposes and processes, and strategies to select the most appropriate method/s for an engagement project/process
  • Research, design and test a face to face and/or online method using a range of tools and resources
  • Apply the four steps of designing a method to incorporate the eight key components of method design
  • Develop rational and experiential aims
  • Design an appropriate format
  • Design questions and process
  • Develop appropriate communications
  • Combine methods to achieve engagement goals and objectives and test for appropriate sequencing
  • Incorporate inclusivity and diversity principles
  • Identify data management needs, evaluation points and measures
  • Identify resources required
  • Explore a variety of both face to face and online methods/techniques that include a nested structure of different methods (e.g. deliberative processes, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology)
  • Analyze the specific engagement requirements for online and digital methods, identify and select appropriate platforms and tools to meet needs, and strategies to sequence these methods for delivery
  • Identify principles for monitoring online activity
  • Test the design by running elements of the method and submitting for peer review using a checklist
  • Apply methods to achieve engagement goals and objectives including using effective communication skills, and test for appropriate sequencing
  • Design key messages and know how to use communication tools that build trust and integrity, and meet the needs of diverse audiences

Target Audience: 

  • Practitioners with some public participation and engagement practice experience who are looking to cement their knowledge and skills

Course Delivery:

This is an IAP2 Canada core training course delivered externally by a IAP2 licensed trainer.

4 sessions of 4 hours each from 12-4pm eastern time (including breaks and tech check) 

  • Monday, August 14
  • Tuesday, August 15
  • Thursday, August 16
  • Friday, August 17


Fundamental of P2 and Engagement is the level 1 prerequisite for this course. 

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$799.00 + applicable tax

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Our Trainers:

Steph Roy McCallum is a facilitator, coach, trainer and leader of the most difficult conversations of our lives, and the Chief Storm Rider at the Courageous Leadership Project. She is author of the recently released book Leading Together: How Brave, Honest Conversations Can Transform Our Lives, Organizations and Communities (available November 17, 2022). With her heart on her sleeve and a deep breath for courage, she wades into the messy, important, beautiful conversations that can bring us together - or tear us apart. Her work in conflict transformation has taken her to 5 continents, leading brave, honest conversations to solve the challenges in our lives, organizations and communities – together. Steph is a trained Co-Active Leadership coach, a Certified Professional Facilitator and a Certified NeuroTransformational Coach She is an IAP2 Trainer, course developer and co-lead of curriculum development for the new IAP2 Global Learning Pathway being launched in 2023. Steph believes that brave, honest conversations are how we solve the challenges in our world, together.

Kimberly Horndeski is a certified mediator, facilitator, and the Executive Director of Community Consulting LLC. Her work focuses on transforming conflict into successful strategies for the future. She has facilitated multiple state, national, and international working groups to overcome challenges and reach agreement. Her projects include bottom-up approaches, such as establishing a coalition with fundamentally conflicting interests to collaboratively negotiate agreement on a $2.5 billion dollar component of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, and top-down approaches, such as assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to incorporate nationwide stakeholder values into the decision-making process for federally-listed threatened and endangered species. Kimberly knows it is not information alone that produces positive outcomes or reduces conflict. It is the ability to engage key stakeholders and effectively design, plan, and implement an engagement process that results in creative and lasting solutions for the future.

Currently, Kimberly serves on the USA Board of the International Association of Public Participation, the Leadership Council for the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Environment and Public Policy Section, and is a Professor of Practice on collaboration and communication for Virginia Tech University.


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