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Support for Coaches & FAQs

The Interactivity Foundation offers regular check-ins, 1-on-1 consultations, debriefings, & opportunities to connect and learn with other collaborative discussion coaches.

Stipend Support for Innovative Certificate Programs

You can apply for the Innovative Certificate Program Stipend Support.

  • Please complete the form and follow the instructions.

  • This funding is available to certificate programs offered in various settings, including in a classroom, library, community or workplace.

You can also reach out to us by completing the contact form or join our monthly community gatherings to explore other possible streams of support.​

Monthly Community of Practice Gatherings

These gatherings create a space for members to learn and connect with others in the Collaborative Discussion Community. They will include time to

  • Network: An opportunity to share about your projects and hear about other members’ projects

  • Discuss: Engaging conversations on democracy and the dialogue/deliberation field

  • Workshop: Exploring best practices for designing a certificate program and/or incorporating toolkit activities in projects or courses

Frequently Asked Questions

1) I am a Collaborative Discussion Coach and I would like to offer a certificate program. What do I need to do?

If you have completed a Coach Training, you can offer a free certificate program, for example within a classroom, on campus, in your community, at your workplace, or as professional development training. If you want to check in to make sure that your design meets the requirements, don't hesitate to reach out. We are happy to provide consultation and support before, during, and after your program.

Requirements for IF Certificate Programs:

  • Create a Member Account on the CDP website. Creating a member account will allow you access to certificate program templates, coach only resources and the certificate program information form. The link to sign up for a member account will be shared with you once you successfully complete a coach training and become a coach.

  • Before each program you offer, complete the Certificate Program Information Form on the website through your member account. This information will help us provide you with the required administrative support and approval.

    • Free certificate programs. For free certificate programs, please submit this information form at least 3 weeks before the program’s start date. If there is something that needs to be discussed before your program is approved, we will email you within 2 weeks of your submission of this form. If we do not email you within two weeks, this means your program has been approved and you can go ahead & offer it.

    • Paid certificate programs. If you are planning on charging a fee for your program, this must be approved in advance. So, for paid programs, please submit this form at least 3 weeks before you start promoting or collecting registrations for your program. When you submit this form indicating a program is paid, we will email you within two weeks of your submission of this form to let you know if it is approved or not and to discuss details, including listing the program on the CDP website calendar and offering support in helping collect registrations & payments.

  • All certificate programs must include 8 toolkit activities and conclude with a final project or wrap up. The activities need to be intentionally sequenced with a common theme and learning objective (about 10 hours of practice). It is not enough to introduce the concept of the activity. All programs must implement and practice at least 8 activities from the toolkit. You are encouraged to adapt, modify, or combine activities to fit the needs of your group. Be sure to practice the activity in good faith (don't skip the debriefing questions).

  • Towards the conclusion of each program, please administer or complete the following assessments. Please email Ritu or Shannon for the links.

    • Participant Retrospective Survey (Assessment 1). This will help us to collect feedback from participants across programs and evaluate the learning goals of our activities. Please ask only participants who successfully complete your program to fill out this survey.

    • Coach Reflection (Assessment 2). Please complete the CDP Coach Certificate Program Reflection form within 2 weeks of offering your certificate program. 

    • We welcome additional debriefing with coaches. You can find all assessments on the Assessments page.

  • Awarding Certificates. All participants who complete the Participant Retrospective Survey will automatically receive a congratulations email with their certificate of completion attached and instructions to claim their digital badge. So, please only provide this link to successful participants. Sample certificates and emails can be viewed on the Coach Only Resources page.

  • Coach Recognition. As coaches, you will automatically receive an email with your letter of recognition attached when you complete the Coach Reflection form


2) I am a coach and I would like to offer a certificate program in collaborative discussion and charge for participation. Can I do this? 

This is a possibility that we are exploring, but must be approved in advance. When you submit the Certificate Program Information form indicating a program is paid, we will reach out to you by email to discuss your program and provide approval for your paid program. Please see more information on paid certificate programs under question #1.

3) I am a coach and I would like to offer coach trainings to certify others as coaches. Can I do this? 

No. IF Collaborative Discussion Coaches are certified to only offer certificate programs. As a coach, you cannot offer coach trainings on your own and certify others as coaches. In order to offer coach trainings, you need to be an IF Trainer. Invitation only Train the Trainer workshops are forthcoming and experienced coaches who are interested in becoming a trainer will be invited to these workshops.

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