2011 Core Values Winners Circle
IAP2 announces international Core Values Awards in Sydney, Australia
(Sydney, AUS) – At a meeting of the International Federation Board of Directors in Sydney, Australia, the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) announced the 2011 Core Values Awards honouring this year’s award winners.
Entries from Australia, South Africa and the United States took first place in this year’s competition.
IAP2 International President Geoff Wilson congratulated the three winners on behalf of the Federation’s Board of Directors and IAP2 members around the world, “IAP2’s seven Core Values go to the very heart of our association and guide how we think about and practice authentic public participation. These winning entries represent best practice in our field, and serve as examples of excellence for others to emulate.”
The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) (Johannesburg, South Africa) won the Organisation of the Year category with their entry, “Johannesburg Development Agency: Public Participation - A Key Operations Procedure.”
“JDA Toolkit for Public Participation’ is a central component of all JDA developments. The local knowledge that can be gleaned from communities through a meaningful and integrated public participation process is not only necessary, but adds to the value proposition of the final development product and results in much greater community ownership of the completed facility,” said Mr. Thanduxolo Mendrew, acting CEO of JDA.
The joint project submitted by Penn State University (State College, Pennsylvania, USA) and the University of Washington,(Seattle, Washington, USA) won the Research Award with their entry: “Evaluation Report to the Oregon State Legislature on the 2010 Oregon Citizens' Initiative Review.”
Lead researcher, John Gastil, PhD of Penn State University remarked upon the announcement “As researchers, we rarely have the time and resources to study closely a novel public engagement process. Being able to scrutinize and evaluate the Oregon Citizens' Initiative Review gave me the chance to test whether this good idea could come to fruition. Now that Oregon has made it a regular part of the electoral process, I look forward to studying it again in the near future."
The Community Engagement Board, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, South Australia (South Australia) was awarded Project of the Year for their entry, entitled, “Community Engagement Shaping South Australia’s Strategic Plan.”
“I’m excited to see the Community Engagement Board win this award. It recognises months of hard work and a genuine commitment to letting the community shape South Australia’s future.
Our approach was hands-on with an emphasis on going to where people are, rather than expecting them to come to us. Through community visits, targeted outreach and online resources, we listened and learnt about people’s lives, while gleaning powerful information about their hopes and aspirations,” said Peter Blacker, Chair, Community Engagement Board Award.
Following are the first runners up in the 2011 Core Values Awards:
- Manchester Community College (Manchester, Connecticut, USA), “Partnership for Inclusive, Cost-Effective Public Participation”
- City of Golden (Golden, Colorado, USA), “Heart & Soul Community Planning - Golden Vision 2030: Our Town, Our Future”
“It was my please to have led the judging panel for the third consecutive year of the international Core Values Awards. Without a doubt the quality of the award entries in all categories was the best I have seen so far, and I think this speaks to the growing strength and sophistication of public participation practice around the world. Also, with the help of our affiliate in France we received and were able to judge our very first award entry in a language other than English, and I believe this bodes well for the future of the IAP2 Core Values Awards. Congratulations to all those who entered, but most especially our winners," said IAP2 International President Geoff Wilson. “We are thrilled with the response to the 2011 Core Values Awards competition from public participation practitioners all over the world. This is a testament to the huge growth of this field of expertise.”
Entries to the Core Values Awards competition are reviewed and evaluated by a judging panel composed of past Core Values Award winners, experienced public participation practitioners and academics in the field of public participation.
Mr. Wilson extended his thanks to the members of the international judging panel for their work reviewing and rating all 22 submissions.
IAP2 is an international federation that seeks to promote and improve the practice of public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that affect the public interest in nations throughout the world. Currently, IAP2 has around 3,000 active members in 26 countries. More information about the International Association for Public Participation and the Core Values is available from the IAP2 website: www.iap2.org
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Biographical information on the winners follows:
The Community Engagement Board, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, South Australia
The Community Engagement Board is an independent advisory board which helps the South Australian state government embed South Australia’s Strategic Plan into the wider community. The Plan is a road map for the state’s future, comprised of visions, goals and targets which aim to capture the broad hopes and aspirations of all South Australians. The board is comprised of community leaders who have a strong understanding and connection to the South Australian community. They aim to promote the Plan and build partnerships with the community to achieve the Plan’s targets. Every four years the Plan undergoes a significant update to ensure that it remains in touch with the changing priorities of the state. The board engages widely with the community to inform this update.
The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA)
The JDA was established in 2001 in order to facilitate area-based economic development initiatives in the City of Johannesburg. As development manager of these initiatives, JDA coordinates and manages capital investment and other programmes involving both public and private sector stakeholders. In particular, the JDA has gained significant experience in the following areas: transit-oriented development, public environment upgrades, CBD regeneration, area-based regeneration focused on cultural and heritage programmes, and facilitating development in historically marginalized areas. In its ten years of existence, the JDA has been responsible for infrastructure developments in excess of R5bn of capital expenditure while maintaining the highest levels of good corporate governance.
Penn State University
John Gastil (PhD, U Wisconsin, 2004) is Head and Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences at Pennsylvania State University (USA). He specializes in political deliberation and group decision making. His work on the Citizens’ Initiative Review has helped evaluate an exciting new form of public deliberation that should improve initiative elections. His Jury and Democracy Project has investigated, and hopefully helped vindicate, the jury system as a valuable civic educational institution. He has also helped the Cultural Cognition Project demonstrate the ways in which our deeper values shape how we learn about issues and form opinions. Gastil has attempted to crystallize his ideas and knowledge into two books. Political Communication and Deliberation uses the idea of public deliberation as a way to organize the wider study of political communication, and The Group in Society presents an Embedded System Framework for integrating research on group communication and behavior.