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 22 June 2017
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Call for Submissions
Call for Submissions: 2017 IAP2 Members-At-Large Core Values Awards

The IAP2 Federation Members-at-Large Core Values Awards Program is open for submissions.


IAP2 developed the Core Values Awards to recognize the “best of the best” and celebrate those who effectively use the Core Values in innovative ways in complex circumstances to make better decisions that reflect the interests and concerns of the people and entities potentially affected by those decisions. Learn from past Core Values Awards winners.


IAP2 International Associates and IAP2 Members from locations where the IAP2 Affiliate does not offer an awards program will be eligible to submit to the Member-at-Large Awards program and the winners are eligible to compete for the international prizes. Submissions will be accepted until July 30, 2017. 


IAP2 Affiliates offering Core Values Awards programs in 2017 include IAP2 AustralasiaIAP2 Canada, and IAP2 USA. Submissions from those locations are not eligible for the Members-At-Large program. Please refer to those Affiliates for submission information.


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Origin Story

Core Values Awards Origin Story

Lauren WirtisThe first of a four part series on the Core Values written by IAP2 USA Intern Lauren Wirtis.


Six public participation practitioners walk into a conference in 1989. The punchline- they feel like nobody knows what they do. They meet up at a bar afterwards and share stories, tips, tricks, experiences, and the desire for a network of people with whom to share this experience. They take action and, by 1990 have formed the International Association for Public Participation Practitioners (IAP3). IAP3 was born as an international organization with founding members representing Australia, Canada, and the United States. Conferences were held starting in 1992 in Portland, Oregon.


At the second IAP2 Conference in Alberta, Canada the plan was to develop the Code of Ethics. As participants went into an open space session, they ended up talking about Core Values instead. This was the first day the Core Values were discussed.


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IAP2 Federation Annual Report: 2016 A Year in Review

Greetings from Noreen Rude, IAP2 Presiding Member

On behalf of the IAP2 Federation Board, I am delighted to present to you the Annual Report of the IAP2 Federation. 2016 was a year of continued membership growth and significant contributions to the practice of P2!


IAP2 Membership has grown over the last 6 years since the formation of the Federation of Affiliates in 2011 with 1,937 members to more than 5,600 in 2016. This extraordinary success is due in part to the dedication and countless hours of volunteer and staff time, local delivery of an expanded offering of member benefits, and programming tailored to the particular needs of members.


As I conclude my term serving the IAP2 Federation as Presiding Member, I extend my deepest appreciation to my colleagues on the Federation board for their support, dedication and friendship, to the Affiliate boards for their invaluable input and advice on ensuring the long-term relevance and sustainability of the entire organisation, to trainers who have shared their time, energy and intellect in delivering the IAP2 training to participants around the world, and finally, to IAP2 members worldwide who have supported and shared their knowledge and expertise to advance the practice of public participation – A HEARTFELT THANK YOU!


IAP2 Spectrum Review

Spectrum ReviewAt over two years in the making, with a fair bit of informal discussion before that, IAP2 Canada is pleased to present the long-awaited review of the IAP2 Spectrum.


Based on input from more than 220 practitioners worldwide via online forums, outreach at conferences and blog posts, and other means, IAP2 Canada president Bruce Gilbert and Board member Tracy Vaughan summarized the comments into a review, which has been forwarded to the Federation and circulated to all Affiliates. The Federation will then decide whether the Spectrum needs to be changed or whether more consultations are necessary. Thank you to all of you who offered your comments and suggestions. If you have any further comments or questions, please send them to info@iap2canada.ca.


Read the Review!



Upcoming Events

Online Courses & Webinars

  • Online Courses - Join IAP2 USA from anywhere in the world: Choosing the Right P2 Tools, 10 July; Participatory Budgeting, 17 July; Social Media & Public Participation, 13 September; Evaluation & Public Participation, 3 October.
  • Webinars - Are now posted to the Federation calendar

Face-to-Face Learning



IAP2 Training Update: The Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation class has been updated

The world has changed since IAP2 first rolled out the course with Dr. Peter Sandman a few years ago. Global polls find people are more suspicious and distrustful of large institutions including government, business, media and even large non-governmental organizations.


Angry people can’t represent their interests very well in participative processes and thus ignoring their skepticism isn’t productive.


We’ve expanded and refreshed the course materials to help you work more effectively in this changed world. Way beyond just another conflict resolution training class, the newly renamed Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation helps people understand the human behavior and emotional intelligence of working with angry and cynical people under these tough circumstances. Doing so is foundational to the practice.


IAP2 Federation extends its sincere appreciation to course developers and IAP2 Trainers, John Godec, Mary Hamel and Stephani Roy McCallum for their dedication and contributions to this course, IAP2 and the practice!

Outrage Update Developers


IAP2 USA National Dialogue: Are we facing a P2 Crisis or Opportunity?

  • Is our country truly divided?
  • Can we still make good decisions together?
  • What is my role in this context?


The recent political climate in the U.S. has shone a light on the deep divides that seem to have created an unbreachable gap between Americans. This difficult situation may also provide a rare and crucial opportunity to showcase public participation’s role in bringing people together.

To facilitate a national dialogue, IAP2 USA has created a guide to help IAP2 chapters, members and friends host their own conversations in their own communities. This guide provides an event schedule and agenda, a review of the techniques used, and templates for everything from the invitation to event reporting. IAP2 USA will then report back on what was heard from around the country at the IAP2 North American Conference in Denver.


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Professional Certification
(open to International applicants)

As with architects, engineers and other professionals, IAP2 Certification shows the world you meet a global standard, and that when someone hires you, they're getting a professional who will deliver a true P2 process.


As you may already be aware, you can apply for the IAP2 USA or IAP2 Canada Professional Certification Program at any time of year. There will be an Assessment Center on November 17th and 18th for CP3 applicants, location to be confirmed. The deadline for the November 17-18 Assessment Center is July 28, 2017. Check the Core Competencies to see if you have what it takes, and apply today! Professional Certification is open to International members; check the affiliate most appropriate for you.

IAP2 USA | IAP2 Canada



2017 Train-the-Trainer (T3) Update

April 4, 2017, the IAP2 Federation Board announced the selection of Instructors for the 2017 Train-the-Trainer (T3) Pilot Program for Foundations in Public Participation. “We are delighted to have this group of experienced and talented IAP2 Trainers and P2 practitioners on board to train and mentor the next generation to carry on the IAP2 mission of extending and advancing the practice of public participation,” said Noreen Rude, IAP2 Federation Presiding Member.

Please join IAP2 in congratulating the T3 Program Instructors:

Barbara Chappell

Barbara Chappell became an IAP2 Foundations trainer in 2008 to make IAP2’s training accessible in her home state of Adelaide, South Australia. She has delivered the Foundations program to local and state government and not-for-profit staff throughout Australia and in 2016 at the USA Skills Symposium. Barbara draws on her work as a practitioner to share examples of public participation in the training room and gathers stories from participants to build our global knowledge of good practice. One of the most rewarding parts of training for Barbara is to hear how former students are applying what they have learned in their organisations and communities.
Wendy Lowe

Wendy Lowe has 30 years of experience doing public participation and facilitation work.  She owns P2 Solutions and is a partner with The Participation Company.  A member of IAP2 since 1992, she took IAP2 training the first time it was offered at conference and was so impressed with the material that she became a trainer.  She serves on the IAP2 USA Board of Directors and chairs the IAP2 USA Certification Task Force. In addition, she is a Certified Professional Facilitator (International Association of Facilitators) and on the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution’s roster of environmental facilitators.
Tannis Topolnisky

Tannis Topolnisky has more than 15 years of experience as a P2 practitioner. As a licensed IAP2 Foundations trainer, she has delivered the course for more than 6 years to a variety of public and in-house audiences. She also has experience providing a variety of other training opportunities to P2 and other professionals. As a practitioner, Tannis has managed over 30 different municipal, national and international projects in a diversity of areas. Her work is driven by one key goal: to create meaningful experiences for participants. She is excited about the opportunity to support new trainers so they can lead meaningful learning experiences themselves.

Conference Recap

IAP2 Australasia New Zealand Symposium (May 2017)
On 11-12 May, the beautiful city of Auckland, New Zealand was host to the IAP2 Australasia Symposium - Community-led Change - the People Speak! at the Heritage Hotel. International speakers from Canada, USA and Australia joined the community and stakeholder engagement professionals from across New Zealand to showcase best practice examples of engagement throughout local government and a range of other industries. This Engagement Symposium in featured presentations, engagement tours and interactive sessions around the themes of Transport, Infrastructure, Health, Planning, Youth, Online, Maori, International and Environmental Engagement.


New Zealand, 2017



SPECIAL WEBINAR: Update from the
IAP2 Canada Research Committee

This special webinar, originally scheduled for June 6, has been re-scheduled to
July 18, 11:00 a.m. U.S. Pacific.


Throughout 2016, IAP2 Canada held a country-wide survey of P2 practitioners on the State of P2 in Canada to get a better understanding of current public participation activities. The survey focused on identifying trends, common tools and techniques, areas of innovation, as well as evaluating gaps and opportunities for improvement.


This State of the P2 Practice in Canada survey follows on an earlier survey conducted in 2013 with a similar mandate. The webinar will use results from the latest survey to highlight current trends and contrast observations from the 2013 survey.


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Participatory Budgeting:
Real Money Real Engagement
Choosing the Right P2 Tools:
Workshops, Surveys, & Tours-Oh, My!
In this course, trainers from the Participatory Budgeting Project will engage participants in a mock process, from design to the vote, in order to provide a deeper understanding of PB and how it works as a public participation tool. We'll explore what it takes to start a process and keep it going, how it aligns with IAP2 Core Values, and what components make it a best practice in public participation.


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Too often those decisions are based on the practitioner’s experience or comfort with a particular technique, a project lead or decision maker’s new favorite tool, fears about stakeholder influence or conflict, and so on. While there are always demands and constraints on choices, this course offers a more thoughtful and efficient approach to wisely choose tools and techniques to support stakeholder engagement, meet your project and engagement objectives, and account for key variables including schedule, budget, opportunities, and risks.
Evaluation & Public Participation
Finding where you stand
Social Media & Public Participation
Taming the beast
Coming October 2017!
Evaluation should always be useful, and this introductory course will cover theories and practical strategies to help you evaluate your public participation efforts. In this online course, you will examine the differences between process and impact evaluation, and review the components of a basic evaluation plan. You will craft evaluation questions, and identify indicators and consider sources of information to help you answer those questions. Above all, you will learn how to employ evaluative thinking as a learning strategy, in order to strengthen your work and achieve greater impact.
Coming September 2017!
We know that online tools reach new participants and enable different kinds of conversation. But, it’s an emerging field and there is still much trial and error, so this short online course will give you a leg up in understanding and using digital engagement tools.


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IAP2 USA 2018 Skills Symposium - Call for Submissions!

IAP2 USA is preparing for the 2018 Skills Symposium February 26 to March 2, 2018, in Austin, Texas, and is seeking submissions for training from trainers around the world. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, June 28th at 4:00 PM U.S. Pacific. If you are interested, review the Call for Training Proposals and Frequently Asked Questions. Contact Amelia at ameliaiap2usa@gmail.com with questions.



Are you looking for a new position? How about as a Community Outreach and Communications Specialist, Public Information Manager, or a Senior Community Relations/Public Engagement Planner? Post or search career openings in the field of public participation in the IAP2 Career Center.


This is a global public service of IAP2. Postings are moderated for positions within or closely related to public participation. Broaden your search and post your P2 positions starting today!


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Journal of Public Deliberation

Volume 13, Issue 1 (2017) New Issue
The new issue of JPD features several new authors, and includes a focus on deliberative systems, studies of deliberation from around the world, and connections between deliberation and education, religion, and media. The spring edition of JPD includes a study by a group of Brazilian researchers on the role experts play in a deliberative setting. Other offerings include studies in children in democracy and the role of social media. As always, the journal is open access and all of these are publications are freely available online. Thank you for your continued support of JPD, we hope you enjoy the issue!


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