IAP2 USA was organized in 2010 as an affiliate of the International Association for Public Participation, serving the needs of P2 practitioners specific to the United States while maintaining the standards set by the worldwide Federation. IAP2 USA improves and supports the field by advancing and advocating for public participation that aligns with our Core Values and Code of Ethics. Today, IAP2 USA serves some 500 members – in public agencies, academia, consulting firms and non-profit organizations. Read the IAP2 USA Strategic Plan here. 

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Your Professional Development is Important to us...

Your professional development is important to us …

Did you know that we record all of the monthly learning webinars?  Well, we do.  We know that some of you are unable to join us on the day and we feel that it is important to share the wisdom and experience of our learned presenters.  .

Have you ever wondered about?

  • Using visuals to enhance public participation
  • Using technology to reach more people
  • Managing meeting disruptions

Check out the webinar links and the archive!  And don’t forget to join us every second Tuesday for our interactive learning webinars.  For webinar recordings visit our webinar page

Save the Date: 2015 IAP2 NA Conference

2015 IAP2 North American Conference coming to Portland

September 9-11, 2015

At last, you can justify a trip to Portlandia and rub shoulders with hundreds of P2 rock stars and peers as IAP2 USA, IAP2 Canada and the Cascade Chapter co-host the 2015 North American conference next September. The theme “What’s Brewing in P2” follows the Pacific Northwest’s reputation for coffee and brewpubs. And because IAP2 was born here in the early 1990s, we hope to see record runs of P2 practitioners returning like salmon to spawn

We promise a terrific conference that will deepen your P2 practice like no other. The Doubletree by Hilton at Lloyd Center in the heart of Portland is the conference hotel, just steps from the MAX light rail that connects to PDX airport to make it real easy for out-of-towners to get here and get around.

Best Cities, #1 for movie lovers, #2 nerdiest, #4 funniest, most steampunk and food lovers’ meccas (take that SLC!), take a peek at the videos. We’ll see you in Portland!

Volunteers Wanted If you’d like to help with the conference, especially snagging great presenters and sponsors, please contact Jeanna Hall at jeannamhall@gmail.comor Tim Hall at tim.hall@portlandoregon.gov.

Finding Portland here.

The Portland Song by Jewelhere.

White House – Open Government – US Public Participation Playbook

White House – Open Government - US Public Participation Playbook

This is your opportunity to comment on the National Action Plans for Public Participation. The IAP2 USA Board, working with the Strategic Alliance Committee, will be providing feedback but we want to ensure that all members and friends take the time to read and individually respond to this important initiative as well.

An excerpt from the White House blog “Help Shape Public Participation”:

Public participation — where citizens help shape and implement government programs — is a foundation of open, transparent, and engaging government services. From emergency management and regulatory development to science and education, better and more meaningful engagement with those who use public services can measurably improve government for everyone.

A team across the government is now working side-by-side with civil society organizations to deliver the first U.S. Public Participation Playbook, dedicated to providing best practices for how agencies can better design public participation programs, and suggested performance metrics for evaluating their effectiveness.

… In developing this new resource, the team has been reaching out to more than a dozen civil society organizations and stakeholders, asking them to contribute as the Playbook is created. The team would like your input as well! Over the next month, contribute your ideas to the playbook using Madison, an easy-to-use, open source platform that allows for accountable review of each contribution.

Please read more here.

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As a not-for-profit organization, IAP2 USA’s greatest strength is in its members, who step up to the plate and help, either on an ongoing or ad hoc basis. For more information on how your gifts and talents can enhance the various committees and initiatives...please click here– and visit regularly.

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