CPI Heads to Portland Conference to Share DIY Engage! Toolkit

As the CPI team is putting the finishing touches on the DIY Engage! Toolkit, they head to Portland, Oregon to debut this new resource at the annual IAP2 (International Association for Public Participation) North American Conference.

The DIY Engage! Toolkit is a resource designed specifically to help organizations and communities design more inclusive places, projects and groups. This resource is accessible to anyone, whether you are planning a youth engagement event or gathering feedback from community members. Whenever there is a decision to be made that will impact others, this toolkit can help!

Says Fiona Cavanagh, Executive Director of CPI, “we created this resource out of a need identified by organizations wanting to address barriers to participation and make their communities more inclusive.” The kit includes interactive tools and materials for anyone doing engagement work, including a conversation blueprint, a deck of challenge cards, and a set of buttons designed to encourage outside-of-the-box thinking. The kit is built using timely scholarly research and concepts. Each item has an intended purpose and will contribute to helping engage participants in decision-making.

Following the official launch of the DIY Engage! Toolkit in Portland, CPI will begin pilot testing this new resource with community partners. In coming months, downloadable toolkit components will be posted on the website, and complete kits will be available for purchase through the Centre for Public Involvement.

If you are interested in learning more about this resource, or participating in the pilot test, contact cpi@ualberta.ca.

Learn more about IAP2 and the Portland conference on the official conference website.

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Posted on September 08, 2015 | Categorized in Events and News.