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13 November 2019

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International Core Values Awards celebrate Excellence in Public Participation

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.

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IAP2 Releases RFP for a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Audit

HeroThursday, October 31, 2019 IAP2 is currently undergoing a process of organizational evaluation and change. In this context IAP2 is seeking to ensure that it is a world-class representative, inclusive and widely relevant organization. IAP2 believes that in order to achieve its mission as a professional organization dedicated to advancing and extending the practice of public participation, and to remaining influential in the future, it needs the informed and active representation of diverse perspectives, ideas and influences.

Against this background the International Board of IAP2 has resolved to undertake a diversity audit of the organization as part of the change process and seeks a partner to undertake the proposed audit. The broad objective of the audit is to inform organizational change measures that will enhance and sustain diversity in IAP2 across the dimensions outlined above.

Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM PST (US/Canada) on Monday, December 2, 2019

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Kylie Cochrane IAP2 International Chair Honored

IAP2 International Presiding Member Kylie Cochrane was honored with the “IAP2 Inspirational Leadership” award at the North American Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

On behalf of the IAP2 International board I am pleased to present this award to an inspirational leader who has fearlessly and nimbly led the global organisation. Her perseverance has led through a time of uncertainty, always searching for clarity, while not being afraid to say what needs to be said. She is a strong listener that gathers everybody to ensure we are all on the same page. Her impact has scaled IAP2 to a more global organisation that is leading conversations at the UN and beyond to ensure no one is left behind.
–Catherine Rockandel

Please join us in acknowledging Kylie Cochrane.

Kylie Cochrane, award recipient

Foundation Trainer Preparation Program Updated

Member Input Improves Process to Become a Licensed Foundations Trainer

Training ParticipantsIAP2 has updated the process for individuals from around the world to apply to the Foundations Trainer Preparation Program. The program prepares individuals to be licensed to deliver IAP2 International’s 5 - day Foundations in Public Participation course.

“We listened to our members about what was working and what could be improved. The updated process is designed to be clearer and to increase access to the program,” Cassie Hemphill, IAP2 International’s Professional Development Manager

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Applications to enter IAP2’s Foundations Trainer Preparation Program
are being accepted.

IAP2 Around the World

IAP2 Australasia 2019 Conference: Engagement Unlocked - It’s a wrap!

Nathan ConnorsNathan Connors shares his reflections from the 2019 IAP2 Australasia Conference

The 2019 IAP2 Australasia Conference delivered more than just a stellar program of workshops, break-out sessions and keynotes, instead, it provided yet another opportunity to observe a mature and professional community-of-practice in action.

Focusing on the theme of unlocking engagement to build trust, connection and potential, this year’s conference for me, told the story of growth.

Growth of a sector and profession, growth in individuals skills and capabilities, growth in the competitiveness of project teams and, the arrival of community engagement as a critical practice for functioning 21st Century democracies.

If you weren’t able to attend, some notable highlights included sessions on ‘Indigenous and Cultural Diversity’ and ‘Cross-Cultural Engagement’; an introduction to a new ‘Infrastructure Engagement Excellence Framework’; an exploration and soul searching on why young people ‘don’t give a sh!t’ and what to do about it; as well workshops on everything from how to use ‘digital engagement to build trust and transparency’ to ‘planning for future engagement techniques.’

But beyond the conference program itself, it was the story of growth which summarised the overall success of the event.

Wearing my hat as a new IAP2 board member, I thought I would briefly touch on three key areas which I believe highlight the success of this year’s conference and supports this story of growth.

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IAP2 Indonesia represented at the Seventh Asia Pacific Urban Forum in Penang

The Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF 7) was held 15-17 October 2019 in Penang, Malaysia. The forum is the largest regional gathering of urban stakeholders in Asia Pacific, engaging policymakers, expert speakers and leaders from national and local governments, private sectors, research communities and civil societies. Organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-HABITAT), APUF 7 is guided by the theme “Future of Asia and Pacific Cities : Transformative Pathways to Achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

IAP2 Indonesia contributed three sessions. The first session “Reclaiming Urban Common Through Social Production” addressed the close-up view of the participation of urban poor people in reclaiming their kampongs as urban commons and the improvement of their relationships with local and provincial governments.

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2019 North American Certified Professionals Announced

IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA are pleased to congratulate the six new Certified Public Participation Professionals (CP3s).

Left-to-right: Trevor Joyal (Calgary), Kirsty Neill (Calgary), Gay Robinson (Calgary), Megan Fitzgerald (Vancouver), Sarah Dechter (Flagstaff, AZ), Lara Tierney (Calgary)

Launched in 2016, the North American Professional Certification program is open to all IAP2 members in good standing who have completed the 5-day IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation (formerly Certificate course). Applications are rolling.

The program offers two levels of certification: Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) and Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3). The CP3 designation is awarded upon successfully completing a three-step assessment based on 5 Core Competencies. The MCP3 review process further responds to mandatory and optional criteria. Candidates may only apply for MCP3 Certification after obtaining CP3 Certification.

They join these CP3 and MCP3 (Master Certified) holders across North America.

This internationally-recognized credential has now been achieved by 25 IAP2 members across North America.



2020 Professional Certification Application Dates have been set

“Public Consultation” … “Public Participation” … those terms are bandied-about a lot these days, as more and more people recognize that they have a right to be heard on issues that affect them. But how can people be sure that the process is authentic and meaningful?

When it’s being run by someone with recognized credentials in the P2 field – someone with “CP3” after their name – Certified Public Participation Professional –or “MCP3” – Master Certified P2 Professional.

Leah Jaramillo I have been a P2 practitioner for nearly 15 years and I feel that this certification can help differentiate me and my practice from others in my field.
– Leah Jaramillo
Shawn BravenderI see the certification process as an effective means to highlight my passion to clients and fellow colleagues through accredited competencies as well as increasing my portfolio and desirability as a P2 professional.
- Shawn Bravender, CP3

CP3 or MCP3 is the internationally-recognized indicator that one meets a set of rigorous standards for delivering meaningful P2 processes. It is NOT the same as receiving a “certificate of completion” for taking the Foundations course, although completing Foundations is a prerequisite to apply.

All IAP2 members in good standing who have completed the 5-day IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation (formerly the IAP2 Certificate in Public Participation course) are eligible to apply.

2020 Deadlines for Application:

The Application process is rolling so you may apply at any time.

IAP2 Canada | IAP2 USA

Upcoming Events

North American Conference

Visit IAP2 Canada to learn more!

2020 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium

The 2020 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium will offer a variety of training in public participation processes and methods. The 1, 2, and 3 day courses feature experts in the practice of community engagement. Attendees will engage in hands-on exploration and leave with many lessons learned on designing and managing effective public participation. ALL Skills Symposium Courses are eligible for AICP Certification Maintenance Credits. Learn more from IAP2 USA!

2020 IAP2 Canada Skills Symposium

Broaden your P2 scope & connect with colleagues at the 2020 IAP2 Canada Skills Symposium. Take five days to educate, engage and empower each other while mastering new tools and techniques in the company of like-minded colleagues! Check out the Schedule-at-a-Glance to see this year’s lineup.

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International Training Calendar - 2019 - 2020

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Brisbane, QLD - Opposition & Outrage

Sydney, NSW - Planning, Techniques; Opposition & Outrage



Banff, AB - IAP2 North American Conference

Calgary, AB - Planning, Techniques
Edmonton, AB - Planning, Techniques
Halifax, NSPlanning, Techniques; Opposition & Outrage

Kelowna, BC - Planning, Techniques
Ottawa, ON - Opposition & Outrage

Regina, SK - Planning, Techniques; Opposition & Outrage; IAP2 Canada Skills Symposium
Toronto, ON - Planning, Techniques
Vancouver, BC - Planning, Techniques

Great Britain

London – Planning, Techniques


United States

Arlington, VA - Planning, Techniques

Charlotte, NC - Planning, Techniques
Chicago, IL - Opposition & Outrage
Phoenix, AZ - Planning, Techniques, Opposition & Outrage
Plano, TX - Planning, Techniques

Sacramento, CA - Planning, Techniques; Opposition & Outrage; 2020 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium
Salt Lake City, UT - Planning, Techniques
Seattle, WA Planning, Techniques
West Palm Beach, FL
- Planning, Techniques




IAP2 has been conducting outreach and introducing public participation to decision makers around the world. The half-day Public Participation for Decision Makers course can be tailored to meet the needs of the organization. The course is being offered at the November Planning Congress of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) in Melbourne, Australia.


Journal of Public Deliberation

Journal of Public Deliberation is a peer reviewed, open access journal with the principal objective of synthesizing the research, opinion, projects, experiments and experiences of academics and practitioners in the multi-disciplinary field of "deliberative democracy."


IAP2 Career Center

The IAP2 International Career Center is a valuable resource for candidates looking to find a job, land an internship, or generally explore the public participation profession. Employers are encouraged to utilize the free service to promote opportunities and use the Career Center to help build a robust, international P2 community.

Current Openings

Senior Public Engagement Advisor
City of Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Engagement Director
Highland Planning, LLC
Rochester, New York USA

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Audit
IAP2 International

Program Associate or Senior Program Associate
U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution
Washington, DC USA

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