Engagement Training

Since 2009 Tanya has been a provider of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Foundations Training and Certificate for clients around the world. She has delivered training in person throughout the UK, Australia, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, South Africa and Yemen. IAP2 is an international association of members who seek to promote and improve the practice of public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that affect the public interest in nations around the world. For more on IAP2 visit the IAP2 website.

Tanya also regularly delivers training at the International Association for Impact Assessment annual conferences, bringing together IAIA and IAP2 approaches to best practice impact assessment and public participation. The next training for IAIA is scheduled for 9,11,16&18 July 2024 (register here for online).

IAP2 Certificate in Public Participation

The IAP2 Certificate Program in Public Participation provides practitioners at all levels with a broad-based learning experience covering all the foundations of public participation.  Based on internationally recognised IAP2 Global Learning Pathway, the training is designed to provide the fundamentals of public participation that practitioners from around the world can use to implement customised and effective programs. There are three core modules in the Certificate:

  1. Fundamentals of Engagement (for those new to participation) OR IAP2 Way in Challenging Contexts (for intermediate learners) (these 1-day courses are pre-requisite for next modules)
  2. Designing P2 / Engagement (2 day course in-person or over several days online)
  3. Applying Methods (2 day course in-person or over several days online)

If you would like to undertake the Certificate Program training, please get in touch – we are prioritising in-house training in 2024 and can provide a bespoke quote for your in-house training needs. To enquire please email tanyaburdett@essentialplanning.uk or register your interest here, noting which course(s) you are interested in.

Effective Engagement in Impact Assessment – Working to International Good Practice Standards

As part of 6 critical components this training explores costs and benefits of public participation for the proponent, and all stakeholders. This includes a full understanding of who stakeholders are, how to identify and reach them; applying the IAP2 Core Values for Public Participation to your entire process; and understanding different technique formats – for sharing information, collecting and compiling information and bringing people together – when and why to use different techniques, technique role play and insights.  The course draws these principles together with the IAIA Best Practice Principles and FasTips to hone participants’ skills in effective engagement in impact assessment – planning for, delivering, and evaluating engagement in impact assessment.

The next online IAIA training is taking place over 4 days – 9,11,16&18 July 2024. The 4-day program costs $480USD for IAIA Members and $580USD for non-members.

To enquire or pre-register for 2024 training please email tanyaburdett@essentialplanning.uk or register online here.


“Tanya is very good at gauging which questions to ask to encourage responses from the group and get them to engage and share, and has an easy to follow, friendly attitude” (2022 participant of online IAP2 training)