IAP2: Good public participation results in better
IAP2 – the International Association for Public
Participation – is the preeminent international organization advancing the
practice of public participation.
‘Public participation’ means to involve those who are
affected by a decision in the decision-making process. It promotes sustainable
decisions by providing participants with the information they need to be
involved in a meaningful way, and it communicates to participants how their
input affects the decision.
The practice of public participation might involve public
meetings, surveys, open houses, workshops, polling, citizen’s advisory
committees and other forms of direct involvement with the public.
IAP2’s mission is to advance and extend the practice of
IAP2 advocates on behalf of members and is building an
international reputation for the public participation practice and profession.
It supports international research and offers professional development training
IAP2 members work in industry, civil society organisations,
universities, government and more. They are involved in the public
participation process by supporting clients, colleagues and citizens for
See IAP2 Core Values Award Winners for successful
examples of public participation in the decision-making
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