Training harmonisation and learning pathway project

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The International Association for Public Participation is in a moment of historic and exciting change!

The Training Harmonisation project will provide a global curriculum for public participation. This will include entry level and more advanced learning opportunities for our more experienced professionals.

A key to our success is engagement with the IAP2 community. We’re hoping you’ll be with us every step of the way to offer your unique insights.

How can I get involved?

  • Join our forum discussions to help us move forward with the IAP2 global curriculum
  • Emailing us at gpdc@iap2.org to organise for a one on one zoom meeting with one of the project team
  • Nominate to join our Critical Friends

Where can I go for more information?

  • Register to receive our monthly eNews
  • Read all the latest news and updates below
  • View the documents in the Document Library
  • Ask a question and we'll get back to you


The International Association for Public Participation is in a moment of historic and exciting change!

The Training Harmonisation project will provide a global curriculum for public participation. This will include entry level and more advanced learning opportunities for our more experienced professionals.

A key to our success is engagement with the IAP2 community. We’re hoping you’ll be with us every step of the way to offer your unique insights.

How can I get involved?

  • Join our forum discussions to help us move forward with the IAP2 global curriculum
  • Emailing us at gpdc@iap2.org to organise for a one on one zoom meeting with one of the project team
  • Nominate to join our Critical Friends

Where can I go for more information?

  • Register to receive our monthly eNews
  • Read all the latest news and updates below
  • View the documents in the Document Library
  • Ask a question and we'll get back to you


  • IAP2 Global Learning Program

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    14 September, 2020
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    It's time for the next big step in developing our global learning pathway: the draft curriculum is ready for your review!

    As the IAP2 Global Learning Program is being developed, we welcome you to provide your input about the Learning Pathway (showing how courses are arranged over the five Program Areas and three levels of learning) and Curriculum Design Maps (which unpack competencies and outline learning and delivery strategies for each of the courses at the Emerging Level).

    This consultation is about:

    • Determining learner progression through the learning pathway
    • Ensuring a globally relevant and culturally inclusive curriculum
    • Testing market demand for the proposed courses and learner progression

    PLEASE NOTE
    As the draft Curriculum Design Maps provide significant detail of the proposed curriculum, IAP2’s commercial interests must be protected through the completion of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) by all participants before accessing the Curriculum Design Maps. Click here to review and complete the Non-Disclosure Agreement.

    How to participate:

    1. Complete the Non-Disclosure Agreement to access all consultation materials.

    2. Attend an OPTIONAL briefing session. Email gpdc@iap2.org to rsvp and receive a zoom link for either:
      1. Thursday September 24 from 6.00 – 7.30PM EDT / Friday September 25 from 8.00 – 9.30am AEST
      2. Wednesday October 7 from 4.00 – 5.30PM EDT / Thursday October 8 from 6.00 – 7.30am AEST

    3. Click here to view the Consultation Pack which includes a quick review of the background and context to how we have reached this stage in the project, an overview of the learning pathway and the proposed courses for each level, mapping of existing courses to the proposed new courses and recommended delivery modes for each new course (e.g online, in person, self-paced). Personas illustrating a range of learners with differing experiences and learning needs is offered to help inform your considerations.

    4. Click here to complete the survey which has two parts. Part 1 focuses on the Learning Pathway, the range of courses and the levels of attainment. Part 2 focuses on the details of each course at the Emerging Level. This phase of the project comprises a substantial amount of highly detailed content so we welcome whatever feedback you can give, even if it is only on a single course where you have interest and/or experience. You can come back to your survey responses and add or change your responses if you choose.

    5. Attend an OPTIONAL open space discussion to discuss the learning pathway and curriculum with peers. Complete this expression of interest form to be included.

    This consultation will close on Friday October 16, 2020. Thank you again for your contributions.

  • The IAP2 Way – Looking to the future and building on the past

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    As the new IAP2 global curriculum is being developed, we welcome you to give feedback on the core models that make up "The IAP2 Way”.

    Defining these guiding principles is critical for the development of the harmonized training to “build on the best of the past and grow for the future of the practice”.

    There are currently 13 courses to support the professional development of the practice. All materials are part of our principle of “building on the best of the past”.

    “The IAP2 Way” refers to the models, definitions and approaches that underpin these courses and makes us who we are.

    To support the conversation about the guiding principles that should underpin the content for our new global IAP2 curriculum, we have created some materials that we are hoping you might look at. Please click here to read and listen to background information about the current models and principles of IAP2, paying specific attention to the models that you might not already be familiar with.

    At a recent series of focus groups we guided participants through the following topics with the following aims:

    • Honour and acknowledge all of the core models that form the essence of "The IAP2 Way” to date;
    • Engage in a collaborative conversation to identify the challenges or tensions that may exist between these models; and
    • Gather insights and ideas about growing for the future of the practice, identifying the essence of "The IAP2 Way" to move us forward in global curriculum development.

    Please click here to view the pdf version of the presentation used in the Focus Groups.

    There are three ways you can contribute your reflections and ideas:

    1. Using the Forums section below to share your thoughts and ideas to help us move forward with the IAP2 global curriculum.
    2. Complete the survey by clicking here
    3. Emailing us at gpdc@iap2.org to organise for a one on one zoom meeting with one of the project team
  • Integrated Learning Pathway: Building on the best of the past, growing for the future

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    IAP2 International now holds the training products from all of the regions.

    Following the development of the Draft Competencies Framework and the review of the existing courses and participant feedback, we have developed the draft Integrated Learning Pathway. The IAP2 Integrated Learning Pathway shows the journey someone might take in progressively developing skills and knowledge in engagement and public participation. It maps learning opportunities across three levels: Emerging, Developing and Advanced.

    Stakeholder engagement for the Integrated Learning Pathway has now closed and you can access the Summary of the Engagement Outcomes report here and in the Documents section on this page. Further development of the Integrated Learning Pathway will use feedback from the stakeholder engagement and be presented when the course structure for the Emerging Level is finalised.

  • Join our Critical Friends

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    We’re currently on the hunt for volunteers to become "Critical Friends" of the project.

    Read more and apply here: Critical Friends Expression of Interest (open indefinitely over the course of the project).

    We know how critical our training programs are to you, our members, trainers and practitioners. We’re looking to you for your insights, experiences, wisdom and expertise as we create this new learning pathway curriculum to grow the practice around the globe.

    IAP2 is known for world-class training: we want to take that a step further and deliver a global platform of courses that builds the skills and knowledge we need to continue to excel in this important work.

    In addition to the Critical Friends group, there are many other opportunities to contribute to this project: see them outlined in the Communications and Engagement Activities table.

  • Revised Competency Framework

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    The Integrated Learning Pathway is supported by the underpinning Competency Framework (the roots that ground our work). Over time, this becomes a consistent framework to inform ALL of IAP2’s curriculum, products and programs.

    The Competency Framework outlines for the engagement/P2 practitioner:

    • What do you need to KNOW? (Knowledge)
    • What do you need to DO? (Skills)
    • How do you need to BE? (Ways of Being)

    Stakeholder engagement for the draft Competency Framework has now closed. The feedback is currently being collated and analysed for consideration in finalising the Competency Framework. A report on what feedback has been received and how it has been considered will be available in the near future. Thank you to all that were involved.