2008 Core Values Award Nominations Sought
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2008 Core Values Award Nominations Sought

The IAP2 Core Values Awards recognize excellence and innovation in the field of public participation guided by the seven IAP2 Core Values for Public Participation. Two awards are presented annually; one for a project and one to an organization, which exemplify the spirit and purpose of public participation. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate the use of innovative techniques, solutions to problems that face the field of public participation, and the successful involvement of the public in new areas. The winning organization should show how public participation has affected decisions.

The Project of the Year Award will be given only to projects that have achieved a definable outcome. They must be complete or have significant phases of the project completed. Project awards are given to the sponsoring organization. All organizations are eligible.

The Organization of the Year Award will be given to the organization that best meets the application criteria. All organizations are eligible. A panel of Past-Presidents of IAP2 will judge the applications. The immediate Past-President serves as chair and may augment the judge's panel with senior public participation professionals as appropriate. IAP2 reserves the right to decline giving an award in either category if they believe there are no exceptional applicants in a given year.

The winners will be honored during the Core Values award ceremony at the IAP2 International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, 27-29 August 2008.  Winners and runners up will have an opportunity to display information about their work at the Conference

Application Process and Criteria

  • Applications may be filed either by those directly involved in the project or organization, or by third parties, such as consultants.
  • Applications are limited to five typed pages and must specifically address the following requirements. No attachments or brochures will be accepted.

Project of the Year Award

  • Describe the challenge or problem faced and how each of the parties involved viewed the role of public participation.
  • Describe the methods used to implement public participation.
  • Describe what makes this project special. Did public participation significantly improve the decision made?  Were innovative participation techniques used? Did it solve a problem that faces the field of public participation? Did it spread the practice of public participation into a new area?
  • Describe the project's effectiveness or results and explain the role that the public participation process played.
  • Describe how the IAP2 core values were met.
  • Name two individuals, outside of the organization, who were participants in the project or program and who can serve as references. Please include email addresses for each reference.

Organization of the Year Award

  • Describe the mission of the organization and its challenges with regard to internal and external stakeholders or public entities.
  • Discuss the rationale or impetus that led the organization to embrace the principles and values of public participation.
  • Give examples of specific ways that public participation has impacted decisions. Show the connection between the public participation processes and the shape of the decision(s).
  • Describe how the core values were met.
  • Tell how the organization is evaluating how well it is fulfilling the spirit of the IAP2 core values.
  • Name two individuals, outside of the organization, who were participants in any of the organization's participation projects or programs and who can serve as references. Please include email addresses for each reference.

All applications must address the above criteria and include:

  • Name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail of the contact person
  • The award category
  • The project name and its sponsoring organization or organization name
  • The names of all individuals being nominated for the award.
  • Name and address of up to three publications to receive notification of winning entry.

Please e-mail submissions (Word or pdf only) to dina@iap2.org. Your submission will be acknowledged electronically. If you do not receive an electronic confirmation of your submission, please contact Dina directly at 1-800-644-4273 (In US) or 011-303-451-5945.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received at the IAP2 office no later than Monday, June 23, at 5:00 P.M. local time (see http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ for local time conversion).

Questions?  Contact Dina Alengi Storz at the IAP2 office for more information.

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