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Human-Centered Community Engagement Training

Join us for this hands-on training on how to apply human-centered design to your Community Engagement strategy. 

Every organization needs to connect with key audiences and stakeholders to be effective. The practice of community engagement is well established, but what does it look like to apply an iterative, human-centered approach to your outreach efforts? Through this one day, hands-on training you will learn to “up your engagement game” by designing components of your engagement strategy with, not for, the people you’d like to engage.

We’ve found that integrating Human-Centered Design into public participation cultivates trust and increases buy-in by meaningfully engaging participants early in the process, and produces more sustainable and equitable outcomes by promoting community ownership and empowerment.

You will be introduced to the following tools and techniques and will have the opportunity to apply several of these to your real world engagement challenge:

  • Creating an engagement strategy
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Engagement tools & techniques assessment
  • Human-centered design process
  • “User” interviews, testing & research
  • Ideation & co-design
  • Digital engagement platforms
  • Prototyping

This approach can be applied to your engagement strategy, outreach collateral, project messaging, workshops, online engagement, and more. We’ll cover all levels of community engagement programs, including efforts to inform, consult, involve, collaborate, and empower.

Who is this training for? Anyone who works closely with the public, including:

  • Government Agency Staff
  • Nonprofits and Foundation Staff
  • Social Entrepreneurs
  • Civic Technologists

Can I bring a colleague? Yes! It’s even more fun that way.

Here’s what people are saying:

“It was so awesome to be able to have the tools to listen to a problem and systematically develop solutions. Also, I am a hands-on learner, so the project-based learning was very helpful.” – Content Strategist, Office of Innovation

“It was a fun, creative way to apply a new thought process to our daily work!” – Director of Constituent Affairs, Office of Civic Engagement

Questions? Please email

CivicMakers strives to make our events and trainings accessible to everyone. Discounts and scholarships will be assessed on a case by case basis. Please send us an email if you need financial assistance.

Event Details


April 19, 2019


8:45 am - 4:30 pm


Impact Hub San Francisco