Applying Methods

Course Description: 

Applying Methods is a Level 2 course that focuses on methods (techniques) for P2 (public participation)/engagement and how to implement them successfully. A matrix of 70 different methods is presented, with a special focus on those of most interest to the group and of general recognition within the practice.  

Course Objectives: 

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

  1. 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 
  2. Research, design and test a F2F (face-to-face) and/or online method using a range of tools and resources 
  3. Apply the four steps of designing a method to incorporate the eight key components of method design 
  4. Develop rational and experiential aims 
  5. Design an appropriate format 
  6. Design questions and process 
  7. Develop appropriate communications 
  8. Combine methods to achieve engagement goals and objectives and test for appropriate sequencing 
  9. Incorporate inclusivity and diversity principles 
  10. Identify data management needs, evaluation points, and measures 
  11. Identify resources required 
  12. Explore a variety of both F2F (face-to-face) and online methods/techniques that include  a nested structure of different methods (e.g. deliberative processes, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology) 
  13. 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  
  14. Identify principles for monitoring online activity 
  15. Test the design by running elements of the method and submitting for peer review using a checklist 
  16. Apply methods to achieve engagement goals and objectives including using effective communication skills and test for appropriate sequencing 
  17. Design key messages and know how to use communication tools that build trust and integrity, and meet the needs of diverse audiences 

Target Audience: 

  • Participants who have completed Fundamentals of P2 and Engagement
  • Participants with some P2/engagement experience who are looking to further their knowledge and skills of methods/techniques on behalf of objective-driven engagement 

Course Format: 

This is a 12-hour, trainer-led Delaney Virtual Academy.  Zoom and Google Suites (digital workbook provided at course conclusion) are used, in addition to other applications, to make this a highly interactive and skills-based session.  There are four, three-hour sessions over four consecutive days.  Each daily session runs 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time; 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. 


Fundamentals of P2 and Engagement


$795.00 + applicable tax  

  • IAP2 Applying Methods Schedule – 2024
  • Sold Out February 26, 27, 28, and 29 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm PT / 12:30 – 3:30 pm ET
  • March 25, 26, 27, and 28 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm PT / 12:30 – 3:30 pm ET
  • April 22, 23, 24, and 25 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm PT / 12:30 – 3:30 pm ET
  • June 17, 18, 19, and 20 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm PT / 12:30 – 3:30 pm ET
  • October 15, 16, 17, and 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm PT / 12:30 – 3:30 pm ET
  • December 2, 3, 4, and 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm PT / 12:30 – 3:30 pm ET

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Our Participants Say…

My master class – authentic, thoughtful, fun and well-paced – this was a great use of my time. My communications and engagement tool kit runneth over!

Excellent, informative sessions that really hone in methods and strategies for improving engagement, managing risks and improving your ability to communicate with your audience overall.

This course has given me the foundation to build more meaningful and valuable communication products to support future engagement projects.

This course sets a solid foundation for building out a communications plan that will lead to successful engagement – a must for any organization committed to meaningful and authentic engagement with their communities.

Jessica created a supportive environment for the group to look at how we communicate. I appreciated the open conversation. Words have always held value for me and being able to take a critical (but kind!) look at where I might be able to improve was so helpful.

This workshop was fantastic. I considered myself to be an effective communicator, knowledgeable about how to meaningfully engage. This workshop helped me realize I have much more to learn. I now have new ideas about how to more fully integrate patients’ and families’ lives experiences into our planning and decision-making.