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IAP2's Applying Methods



**You must first complete Fundamentals of Public Participation before this course**

Learn how to identify the best methods to meet P2 and engagement objectives. Select and design methods, develop questions, and add to your methods toolbox.


Regular Cost: Members $550 -- Regular $650  

Developing Country* Cost: Regular $260

Please contact us to receive the member or developing country discount code

*as designated by the International Monetary Fund - limited seats available


Available Courses:

  • Aug 20, 23, 27, 30, 2024; 13:00-17:00 BST / 14:00-18:00 CEST
  • Dec 3-6, 2024; 13:00-17:00 GMT / 14:00-18:00 CET


Applying Methods is a Level 2 course that introduces practitioners to a large number of P2 methods. This includes learning how to design specific methods, developing good question design, and having an opportunity to practice running some methods.


The course is suitable for practitioners who are part of a team implementing a P2 process and are looking for the practical skills to be effective in designing and applying methods.


Course objectives

  • 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 F2F and/or online method using a range of tools and resources.
  • Apply the four steps of designing a method incorporating 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 inclusion and diversity principles.
  • Identify data management needs, evaluation points and measures.
  • Identify resources required.
  • Explore a variety of both F2F and online methods/ techniques that are more structured and have nested methods within them (e.g., Deliberative Processes, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space Technology).
  • Analyze the specific requirements for online and digital methods, identify and select appropriate platforms and tools to meet needs and strategize to develop these methods for delivery.
  • Identify principles for monitoring online activity.
  • Test the design by running elements of the method and submitting to 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 communication tools that build trust and integrity, and meet the needs of diverse audiences.



Cancellation and Refund Policy

We understand that life can happen.

All cancellation and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Requests must be sent to

Full refunds

Requests for full refunds require written notice and must be submitted a minimum of five (5) days before the first day of the course. Those canceling will receive a full refund, minus an administrative fee of $50.00.

No refunds

There will be no refunds for cancellation requests received within the two week period prior to the course start date. Transfers to future sessions or courses will also not be permitted within this time period.

Instead, a substitute may be named prior to the beginning of the course. Please email your substitution information to

Courses require a minimum number of participants to proceed so that the best learning experience is provided. Confluence Training reserves the right to cancel courses if the minimum number of participants isn’t reached 5 days prior to the course start date. Registered participants will have the option to receive a full refund or transfer their registration to another course.

To guarantee your spot in a course, full payment is required 10 days before the course starts. If you require an exception, please email

There will be no refunds for missed (full or partial) courses and session recordings are not available. Multiple session courses usually build up knowledge from one session to the next. If a participant misses a full session they may not be able to attend subsequent sessions of the course.

Participants are responsible for making sure that they are receiving course emails and are aware of the course time zone. Training participants are responsible for ensuring that they have access to Zoom  or Butter and are able to access course materials.

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