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Learning Labs

Capire Learning Labs is a training program focused on developing the community engagement skills of our clients. These free, monthly training sessions focus on practical skill development and tool application.

Whether you’re an experienced practitioner or just starting out in the industry, Learning Labs will have something for you.

Each Learning Lab has just 20 places to ensure its personal and practical enough for you to ask questions and actively participate; but it is also large enough for the session to draw from diverse experiences and insights of other participants.

All Learning Labs are held at CE.Lab located at Level 1, 96 Pelham Street, Carlton.

For further information or to register please email [email protected]

The fine print: to attend a Learning Lab your workplace needs to be a current or recent client, i.e. we’ve worked together in the past two years, and spaces are limited to two sessions per person. Note: photos may be taken at this event and used in Capire publications.


Capire Learning Labs have currently been suspended due to COVID-19. 



Engaging young people, 27 February 2020

Why does engaging with young people matter? This session will challenge the idea that young people are ‘hard-to-reach’ and explore why engaging young people is vital to an inclusive engagement approach. Participants will have an opportunity to share their challenges with engaging young people, hear about the barriers young people face in engaging, and work collaboratively towards creative strategies to overcome them. We’ll also discuss the principles to consider when designing meaningful youth engagement, and tools to encourage youth participation in decision-making.

Turn that data into useful information, 30 May 2019

Preparing a great key findings report should be a crucial component to any engagement process. After all the conversations, pop-ups, late nights and catered workshops it’s often the only thing left to demonstrate the effort put in and accurately represent the communities’ views.

Participants who attend this learning lab will be guided through three significant steps to any successful engagement: how to design strategic questions, turn data into information and prepare readable and useful reports.


Facilitation for Community Engagement, 23 May 2019

Facilitation for Community Engagement provides participants with the skills and confidence to understand the facilitation process while also providing a suite of tools to use in small and large group processes. The training provides participants with a practical facilitation model which can be applied in most group processes. The training has been designed and will be delivered by Amy Hubbard.

The training focuses on:

  • understanding the role of facilitator
  • setting yourself up for facilitation success
  • identifying and understanding essential skills in facilitation
  • understanding facilitation process steps and key tools


Designing and facilitating a successful focus group, 1 May 2019

This session is designed to give participants a good understanding of how to effectively facilitate a focus group with a targeted group of participants. Drawing on practical examples, participants will explore a mix of facilitation techniques and methods to enable participants to take a deeper dive on complex topics.

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What is Social Inclusion and how does it relate to community engagement? 27 March 2019

This session is designed to give participants a deeper understanding of the barriers to participation that are faced by some members of our community and how to overcome them. Based on real life scenarios participants will learn about the benefits of a social inclusion-based approach to community engagement and how to put theory into practice. Using experiential learning techniques expect to have your perceptions challenged and level of empathy increased.

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Bringing the fun into engagement - designing creative engagement activities, 28 February 2019

Information can be gathered through more than written feedback or table group discussions – think crafts, games and walks through the park. This Learning Lab will focus on how you can build feedback mechanisms into fun activities, and use creative approaches to break down barriers between participants. As the title suggests this will not be a straightforward workshop – expect to have fun!

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Masterplans, precincts and parklands – engagement made simple, 31 January 2019

Community and stakeholder engagement is a core function of all urban planners. This Learning Lab focuses on supporting urban planners to take the community on the journey of change; navigating the political landscape by securing buy-in and dealing with difficult groups; and positioning your project through your communications, branding and key advocates. The session is designed for people working in and around urban planning and design.

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Designing a fail proof engagement strategy, 29 November 2018

When designing any engagement strategy there are essential building blocks which need to be developed at the earliest possible stage. This Learning Lab will focus on each of these key elements, providing you with the knowledge and tools to apply them in your work. A wise person once said, ‘if they don’t like the outcome, they attack the process.’ Everyone needs a strategy which will set them up for success. The session is designed to be highly participative, informative and fun.

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