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 so we’re hoping you’ll be with us every step of the way to offer your unique insights.


Feedback on Integrated Learning Pathway: Building on the best of the past, growing for the future

Where we are on this journey in the training harmonization project

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

Following the development of the Draft Competencies Framework and the review of the existing courses and participant feedback, we have now developed the Learning Pathway Consultation Booklet.

So, what is a ‘learning pathway’ and how does it relate to training courses? What program areas for learning are we suggesting? What topics might form the basis for courses at the emerging level? How should the courses be structured?

In short - the learning pathway shows the journey someone might take in progressively developing skills and knowledge. The IAP2 integrated Learning Pathway will map learning opportunities across three levels: Emerging, Developing and Advanced.

Your input on the draft integrated Learning Pathway will help firm our direction as we move to developing detailed curriculum and course outlines.

There are five sections to this consultation booklet which will be part of the Virtual Focus Groups and appear in separate forums below, with each section having its own set of discussion questions. Please review the materials in each section and then respond to the questions. You can answer all sections or focus on the ones that have the most interest to you.

Section 1 – How did we get here and where are we on the journey?

Section 2 – Assumptions and Principles

Section 3 – Program Areas for the Learning Pathway

Section 4 – Topics for courses in each of the program areas

Section 5 – What’s next and additional input

Section 1 – How did we get here and where are we on the journey? You can learn more about how we got to this part of the project by watching this video and Consultation Booklet.


How to get involved

We’re currently looking 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.



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 so we’re hoping you’ll be with us every step of the way to offer your unique insights.


Feedback on Integrated Learning Pathway: Building on the best of the past, growing for the future

Where we are on this journey in the training harmonization project

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

Following the development of the Draft Competencies Framework and the review of the existing courses and participant feedback, we have now developed the Learning Pathway Consultation Booklet.

So, what is a ‘learning pathway’ and how does it relate to training courses? What program areas for learning are we suggesting? What topics might form the basis for courses at the emerging level? How should the courses be structured?

In short - the learning pathway shows the journey someone might take in progressively developing skills and knowledge. The IAP2 integrated Learning Pathway will map learning opportunities across three levels: Emerging, Developing and Advanced.

Your input on the draft integrated Learning Pathway will help firm our direction as we move to developing detailed curriculum and course outlines.

There are five sections to this consultation booklet which will be part of the Virtual Focus Groups and appear in separate forums below, with each section having its own set of discussion questions. Please review the materials in each section and then respond to the questions. You can answer all sections or focus on the ones that have the most interest to you.

Section 1 – How did we get here and where are we on the journey?

Section 2 – Assumptions and Principles

Section 3 – Program Areas for the Learning Pathway

Section 4 – Topics for courses in each of the program areas

Section 5 – What’s next and additional input

Section 1 – How did we get here and where are we on the journey? You can learn more about how we got to this part of the project by watching this video and Consultation Booklet.


How to get involved

We’re currently looking 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.



How would you like to engage on/provide input to this project?


How would you like to engage on / provide input to this project?

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I'm excited to know how the training will be delivered from the entry to advanced levels. I would like to see how this project addresses cultural diversity and inclusion around the world. I would like to be kept informed and I would love to share my ideas, provide inputs and think together with other critical friends!

renatamoreirafontoura about 2 months ago

I've read the overview and am happy for the process to run its course. Tisha

TishaGreyling 3 months ago

Hi Anne and Joel - well .... my schedule is starting to open up a little ;). So for those of u who have applied to the critical friends task team can you tell us about the status of team formulation and the timeline for that work. Thx - hope that on both sides of the globe you are able to keep up your spirits and health

RichardDelaney 3 months ago

Involve/Collaborate on current and new training products and their successful marketing and delivery in Canada.

JessicaDelaney 3 months ago

I am on the GPDC and so am engaged that way. However, I'm also a Foundations trainer, so will provide my feedback from that perspective as well. Keeping draft documents coming so we can provide comments -- and asking for specific feedback when sticky items come up is what I'm hoping for. Thanks! Penny Mabie, Seattle, USA

Penny 4 months ago

TeneyaGwin, we have actively sought out people with diverse perspectives, experiences, and identities to be part of our 'Critical Friends' advisory group. We know we all have blind spots and are looking to our critical friends to surface those blind spots and offer ideas for inclusive content and approaches. We're looking forward to the contributions of you and others in this way!

Joel & Anne 4 months ago

HelenBartley, thanks for your interest in helping shape this work. Please consider joining our 'Critical Friends' advisory group to receive specific and targeted opportunities to review materials and provide input. If you are not part of it, you can submit your application here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GWCRDN6

Joel & Anne 4 months ago

emma.gibbens, the global curriculum will be built on a competency framework, that explores the skills, knowledge and ways of working that would be expected as a practitioner from entry level to advanced. These competencies are seen as internationally applicable and the course content will be developed to meet those. However, each region has its own unique cultural context and as such, the different IAP2 regions will have the ability  to 'localize' content through case studies and other modifications to make sure the courses are relevant for professionals in their region.

Joel & Anne 4 months ago

Phillypennell, we're looking forward to hearing your dreams and visions for the future of learning for our global community of engagement professionals! Keep checking this page for more specific opportunities to focus your input and gather solutions.

Joel & Anne 4 months ago

I would like to be kept informed and I am also interested in evaluation and participating in the pilot

HelenBartley 4 months ago

I would like to see how this project addresses diversity. I would like to help or provide input on respectful ways to decolonize current practices.

TeneyaGwin 4 months ago

I'm curious how the training will be both standardised globally and localised across regions.

emma.gibbens 5 months ago

I would love to be able to share my ideas to advance society, my minds a constant explosion of dreams and visions but no idea of how to get started. My problem is that I do not have the ability to focus on one and I do not want to as I’m only a builder but have solutions to fix multiple problems we face as a society

Phillypennell 5 months ago