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Workshops & seminars, Conferences & lectures

Public Engagement and Democracy

with Dr. Don Lenihan,
Senior Associate, Policy and Engagement, Canada 2020
Date & time
Friday, October 20, 2017
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Don Lenihan,
Senior Associate, Policy and Engagement, Canada 2020


Participants must register to attend: Register here


WSSR Coordinator
514-848-2424 x7854


Henry F. Hall Building
1455 De Maisonneuve W.

Wheelchair accessible


This highly interactive workshop will provide a comprehensive introduction to public engagement and introduce participants to the key concepts and methodology of Informed Participation. Don’s approach mixes concepts with lots of examples and cases drawn from first-hand experience. He will show you how to draw a principled distinction between two key tasks – analysis and narrative-building – that allows deliberative processes to include large numbers of people. Informed Participation lets us see the idea of democratic participation and public debate in a new light and shows how they can lead to real progress on some of our most intractable issues.

Specifically, the workshop will:

  • Teach you how to ensure your process matches your participants’ needs;
  • Design a dialogue that results in evidence-based decision-making; and
  • Introduce you to the emerging and important concept of Civil Analytics and its future role in dialogue.

Your takeaways from the day will include:

  • Clarity around how to design and scale effective dialogue processes;
  • A solid grasp of the foundational concepts of public engagement, such as the difference between consultation, deliberation, and collaboration; and
  • Introduction to the Footprint to Fingerprint methodology, which helps you use generic tools of engagement in ways that respect the unique features of an engagement context.

If you’re looking to improve your comfort and confidence with public engagement processes or in search of a methodology that will support and guide you through any public-sector engagement exercise, this workshop will provide the tools you need.

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