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IAP2 2018 Annual Report Released

Wednesday, August 14, 2019  
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Kylie Cochrane, International Chair Message from the International Chair

I am pleased to report the IAP2 global organisation is strong and vibrant, and there were very exciting developments this year to advance the practice of public engagement around the world.

During 2018, IAP2 participated in several forums on community engagement on the international stage. Participation in these high-profile events offered IAP2 the opportunity to share our principles and framework for authentic public engagement with new and familiar audiences alike.

IAP2 representatives Leanne Hartill and Aldi Muhammad Alizar participated in the United Nations High Level Political Forum held in New York in July 2018. Over eight days, the 2,200 registered participants were focused on the theme of this year’s forum – “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.” A delegation of IAP2 leaders connected with IAIA at the 38th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) in Durban, South Africa. The theme of the conference was “Environmental Justice in Societies in Transition.” IAP2 international Professional Development Manager, Cassandra Hemphill, Ph.D., CP3 participated in the Innovations in Participatory Democracy conference in Phoenix, Arizona USA.

Throughout the year the important work to develop a shared view of the future of IAP2, bring added value to our membership, and advance the practice of P2/engagement around the world continued. Led by a dedicated group of volunteers on the Change Committee, this work culminated in a “green-light” endorsement of a set of strategic directions and recommendations to build a sustainable and dynamic international association for engagement professionals. My sincere appreciation for their generous spirit of collaboration and support.

A group of experienced P2 practitioners from various countries in Latin America, led by IAP2 Trainer Martin de los Rios and Jorge Enrique Vega Vargas, has come forward collectively to begin the work to establish an emerging affiliate in the region. We are excited about the opportunities to share the IAP2 framework and principles with this new audience.

The IAP2 Professional Certification of Practitioners designation was earned by seven individuals in 2018. Tina Geiselbrecht, Dr. Cassandra Hemphill, Kim Hyshka, Leah Jaramillo, Wendy Lowe, Catherine Smith, and Tannis Topolnisky earned the Certified Public Participation Practitioner (CP3) designation. Congratulations to them and thanks to the many dedicated volunteers who continue to devote their time and expertise to this strategic initiative.

The IAP2 International Core Value Awards were celebrated at a special gala in Gold Coast, Australia. The awards for 2018 were presented to City of Edmonton (Canada) for the Organisation of the Year and NZ Transport Agency and Aurecon NZ Ltd. (New Zealand) for Project of the Year. Congratulations to all winners and finalists of the international and affiliate award programs.

IAP2 training provides P2 practitioners and others involved in engagement with the structure, techniques, and knowledge required for success in today’s rapidly changing P2 landscape. Advancements in 2018 include the translation of the Foundations in Public Participation course materials in Bahasa (Indonesia) and French and the Engagement Facilitation and Engagement Evaluation modules. We look forward to the development of new training products to further advance the practice and meet the diverse professional development needs of our members.

Global conferences and symposiums promoting the practice were organised by IAP2 Australasia in Wellington, New Zealand and Gold Coast, Australia, and by IAP2 USA and IAP2 Canada jointly in Victoria, BC, Canada. Additionally, IAP2 Affiliates held various webinars, seminars, training events, and general meetings for members throughout the year.

Sincere gratitude to the IAP2 International staff for their hard work and dedication: Ellen Ernst (Executive Manager), Cassandra “Cassie” Hemphill, Ph.D., CP3 (Professional Development Manager), Jennifer Armstrong (Training and Member Services Administrator), and Christina Stimson (Finance Manager).

I extend my deepest appreciation to my colleagues on the International board for their support, dedication and friendship, to the Affiliate board chairs for their counsel 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 my new friendships forged, 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!

On behalf of the IAP2 International Board, I present to you the 2018 Annual Report of the IAP2 Federation.

IAP2 International Federation
International Chair

Full Report