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International Core Values Awards celebrate Excellence in Public Participation

Wednesday, October 30, 2019  
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30 October 2019 (Sydney, Australia)
The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) announced the 2019 International Core Values Awards honoring award winners from around the world at the IAP2 Core Values Awards Gala in Sydney, NSW, Australia.

IAP2 International Chair, Ms. Kylie Cochrane congratulated the winners on behalf of the Board of Directors and regional affiliates. “IAP2’s seven Core Values go to the very heart of our association and guide how we think about and practice authentic engagement and I’m proud to acknowledge the best of the best.” 

These award winners represent best practice in our field and serve as model of excellence for others to emulate. Winners and finalists are recognized for their contributions to the field in the areas of indigenous engagement, community development, health, infrastructure, environment, disaster and emergency services as well as for their creativity, innovation and inclusion. This is a testament to the tremendous expansion, professionalism and impact of our field of expertise. 

Finalists for the ’best of the best‘ international awards were gathered from entries submitted by IAP2 Regions in Australasia, Canada, United States and Members at Large.

Winners recognized this year are:

IAP2 International Project of the Year

IAP2 is very pleased to recognize two outstanding entries as Project of the Year.

Brisbane City Council, Australia
For the entry “Plan your Brisbane”

Brisbane City Council’s “Plan your Brisbane” was an innovative community engagement program about the future of Brisbane and how the city will accommodate 386,000 more residents by 2041.

The largest planning engagement exercise conducted by a local government in Australia, “Plan your Brisbane” was part of Council’s commitment to develop a community-led charter of principles that would guide the city’s future.

Involving more than 277,000 interactions and generating more than 100,000 contributions, “Plan your Brisbane” reached residents from every suburb in the Brisbane local government area from September 2017 to April 2018. One in five households participated in the citywide conversation about Brisbane’s future.

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PBOT: City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, USA
For the entry “PedPDX: Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Plan”

With limited resources and unlimited needs, what is a proactive, programmatic approach the City of Portland should use to address the most important pedestrian infrastructure needs first? 

Portland’s population is growing and needs to meet the livability needs of the community. Despite the City of Portland’s consistent investment in the pedestrian network over the last 20 years, significant gaps and shortcomings remain. The framing of PedPDX was established through consultation with the City of Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Portland Commission on Disabilities. This plan is uniquely, deeply shaped in every way by the public, from the core of the framework, to Neighborhood Walkways in the Priority Pedestrian Network, to the implementing strategies developed by the community. The lasting impacts are estimated to be high, including increased transportation funding that will be dedicated to implementing community priorities.

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IAP2 International Organisation of the Year


City of Boulder, Colorado USA
For the entry – Boulder: Creating a Meaningful & Inclusive P2 Culture

Most of the time, the organization of the year award has gone to recipients who have more recently taken up the challenge of being authentically responsive to their community and who have explicitly used the IAP2 Core Values to reach that goal. But what about more mature programs where IAP2 concepts and language are already well-understood by both the organization and its stakeholders? What happens when a more mature organization is told it may have become complacent and is falling short? 

The City of Boulder provides a valuable lesson in how to receive and respond to that community feedback in a sincere, robust, non-defensive way to honor and deepen its established commitment to IAP2’s Core Values.

We recognize the City of Boulder for the following outstanding achievements:

The unfettered, intensive and collaborative response by the city leadership resulted in all three elements of the process becoming empowered – the city employees, the team and the residents. 

The local knowledge and energy of the citizenry was harnessed and embraced in a constructively inclusive collaboration of process and context required to meet the challenges facing the city.

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IAP2 International Research Award

Research is critically important to IAP2 and its members if we are to understand and overcome challenges in everyday public participation and build upon P2 theory and practice. The Research Award acknowledges important contributions to the body of public participation knowledge.

PRR, Inc., USA 
For the entry “Measuring Public Involvement Effectiveness: An Easy to Use Toolkit”

While there are widespread resources for how to best conduct public involvement, there are few practical or validated methods to gauge the effectiveness. This research addressed this gap by developing rigorously tested surveys and scoring tools that agencies can use to measure the effectiveness of their public involvement from both the public’s and the agency’s perspectives.

A team of research and public involvement experts developed a toolkit for evaluating the effectiveness of public involvement and tested it on three major transportation projects. The Public Involvement Effectiveness Measurement toolkit enables agency professionals to track performance throughout the project lifecycle, identify strengths and weaknesses of public involvement activities, and inform decisions about the best way to allocate resources.

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IAP2 Members at Large Winner – Project of the Year

This program is open to IAP2 members who reside outside regional boundaries and from regions where there is not an awards program. IAP2 received entries from South Africa and Kenya in the Project of the Year category.

Aurecon South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
For the entry “Ivanplats- Bonega Trust, Sustainable Livelihoods Through Asset Mapping”

Ivanplats is an international platinum mine. As part of its community outreach, Ivanplats established an umbrella trust for community projects. The Bonega trust runs in partnership with 20 communities that surround Ivanplats’ mining operations in Mokopane Limpopo.

Community development in South Africa faces a variety of challenges. Historically, companies have rolled out projects without community consultation and have not succeeded at promoting sustainable development.

Aurecon’s Communication and Stakeholder Engagement team was chosen by Ivanplats and Bonega trust to facilitate a process of project identification within 20 affected communities for community benefit, for funding by the trust. The team had to create a new approach to bring about much-needed change. The only way selected projects could make a meaningful impact and lead to lasting development was if communities themselves had the primary role in identifying and running projects. The projects had to leverage the strengths and skills that already existed within communities in order to respond to the particular needs therein.

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Core Values Awards Showcase

Please join us in congratulating all the finalists and winners. More details and highlights of all finalists and winners can be found in the 2019 Core Values Awards Showcase  on As you read through the summaries of the award winners and finalists presented here, we hope you will gain some valuable insights into how IAP2 Core Values are being applied to the practice around the world.

Special thanks are extended to the international jury members, Mr. Jason “Jay” Vincent, IAP2 International deputy chair, Ms. Sarah Azam, IAP2 Core Values Award international project of the year winner in 2018 with New Zealand Transport Agency, Mr. Lewis Michaelson, IAP2 trainer and past president and Mr. Ken Smith, former IAP2 International treasurer, as well as all the members of the judging panels for the IAP2 Regional Awards programs. On behalf of IAP2 you have our sincere thanks for your commitment and dedication to advancing and promoting international best practice in the field of public participation.