The course is tailored for the conference theme, though will utilize IAP2’s Public Participation for Decision Makers materials, which look at effective foundations in participation and how to best integrate engagement into proposal development and impact assessment. The course examines costs and benefits, discusses when, why and how to involve the public, and emphasizes the importance of both the decision being made and the promise to the public about their involvement in that process.

Uniquely, participants will be asked to submit ideas for case studies – examples regarded as “successful” and also “ineffective” or poor/bad practice. The course will draw out lessons learned from all case studies.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will have learned:

  • Methods for ensuring effective and well planned and resourced engagement
  • Principles of good practice engagement, as applied to impact assessment
  • When and why to have the public participate in their decisions – how to build in early stakeholder involvement
  • The decision maker’s unique role and commitment
Techniques for sharing information, collecting and compiling information, and bringing people together – when and why to use different technique formats, and insights into a few select techniques
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisites: An understanding of what makes for good practice public participation and a willingness to apply this to a range of techniques.
Language: English
Duration: 1 day (14 May)
Price: US$275
Min/Max: 10-25

Tanya Burdett, Director, Essential Planning Ltd (Australia)

Tisha Greyling, Environmental Specialist (South Africa)


Tanya Burdett has over 22 years’ experience in stakeholder engagement and consultation. Her engagement work ranges from consultation on master plans setting out future visions for small communities of a few thousand people, to engagement across country-wide programs and on major new project and policy initiatives.
She has worked on over 150 projects in various sectors, each one requiring differing levels of stakeholder engagement. Tanya’s experience covers a range of sectors, including planning strategy and policy development; urban development; energy planning and development; transport; water supply and sanitation; mining and resources; oil and gas; coastal development, marinas and leisure facilities; and other industrial development.
In the UK Tanya’s roles have included direct engagement by various central government departments on implementation of European legislation and UNECE conventions on EIA, SEA, engagement and public participation within the spatial planning sector.
Tanya provides ongoing advice to the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) as part of the EIA Quality Mark Panel, and continues to deliver IAP2 training in the UK in association with the University of Westminster and various other organizations. Tanya has delivered IAP2 training and other capacity building activities in the UK, Ireland, Hungary, Portugal, Poland, Belgium, Ghana, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, and Australia, and has worked in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Western Samoa.

Tisha Greyling has 35 years’ experience social and environmental management covering a wide range of experience in:

  • Strategic direction of social and environmental permitting for new development
  • Development and implementation of socio-economic performance programs to the Performance Standards of the IFC
  • Social due diligence assessment, social risk management
  • Public sensitivity analysis, stakeholder engagement strategy, planning and implementation
  • Design and facilitation of multi-party and multi-country participatory processes
  • Training in public participation

Tisha has managed many environmental and social management aspects related to large projects in developing countries/emerging economies, including leading and directing teams to develop and implement social management plans to IFC Performance Standards.
Tisha is a member of IAP2 South Africa and the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA). She served on the IAP2 Federation Board of Directors for four years and was a member of the IAP2 Training Advisory Committee for three.