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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A Celebration of Excellence in Public Participation: 

Application Deadline is June 1

A Celebration of Excellence in Public Participation:



As a P2 practitioner you work hard to ensure that you are developing and delivering great P2 projects. The IAP2 Core Values Awards want to celebrate your efforts and share your best practices with others. Awards are presented in three categories:

Project of the Year

Research Project of the Year

Organization of the Year

Winners also go on to compete against projects from around the world in the IAP2 Federation Core Values Awards.The application process can take a while and there is a reason for this – we need you to tell us your story – we want to learn from your experiences. BUT we are here to help – you will find a lot of helpful hints in the IAP2 Core Values Awards Application Kit and you can also learn from previous winners (Check out the Core Values Awards webpage).

If you are thinking about applying but still want a little more information, IAP2 USA presented a webinar May 15 with longtime P2 professional, trainer and Core Values Award Judge, Dr Marty Rozelle. That webinar was recorded, so please click here to watch it.

Applications are being received through June 1, so apply now!

An Exciting New Professional Development Opportunity –
the IAP2 USA Mentorship Program

IAP2 USA is pleased to announce that we will now be offering our members a terrific professional development opportunity through our brand new Mentorship Program. As this is a new initiative our first Mentorship session will be a six month pilot project (May-November). We are looking for up to eight mentors and 8 mentees to join us as we create the made in USA version of a Program currently being provided by IAP2 Canada. Please think about participating and join us in this exciting opportunity.

The Mentorship Program connects those new to the P2 profession (the mentees) with experienced P2 practitioners (the mentors), who provide a sounding board, advice and general wisdom on best practices and potential pitfalls. The form of the mentoring relationship is determined by the individual pairings, developing their own “Terms of Reference” and framework for the mentorship program.

This program not only provides additional learning and professional development opportunities for those new to the field, but also offers seasoned practitioners the opportunity to live part of IAP2's Code of Ethics: SUPPORT OF THE PRACTICE. We will mentor new practitioners in the field and educate decision makers and the public about the value and use of public participation.

Find out more

Register now for the IAP2 USA Skills Symposium and
IAP2 North American Conference

2015 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium
Wednesday 27 May through Sunday 31 May, 2015
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

This year IAP2 USA is supplementing the annual North American conference with an exciting training opportunity. In response to members’ expressed desires, we are planning a five-day training event that will deliver a smorgasbord of learning to our membership and network.

The event will involve a wide range of workshops of varying duration and topics exploring skills, tools and techniques that support effective public participation. This training will be undertaken in a rich learning environment, with activities building a creative and supportive space for participants whether they spend a day or the whole week at the event.

We would like to thank our partners:
University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center
University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality

Here's the web page link for more information. Please pass this along to others in your various networks. We encourage you, your colleagues and friends to register early to get the courses you want before they fill!

If you need information, please contact amelia@iap2usa.org.

2015 North American Conference

Come join us in beautiful (and weird) Portland, Oregon, September 9 – 11, 2015 at the Hilton DoubleTree for the Fourth Annual IAP2 North American Conference!

Join fellow practitioners and colleagues in the birthplace of IAP2! Experience Portlandia, eat a Voodoo Donut, and explore the #1 city on the 2013 list of America’s Best Cities—and we’re even better now!

What’s Brewing in P2?This year’s theme “What’s Brewing in P2?” reflects the Northwest’s reputation for crafted coffees, teas, and brews. It also offers opportunities to strengthen your skills, open your mind to new approaches, renew friendships with old colleagues, and meet new P2 practitioners.

We have four terrific keynote speakers already confirmed, and are currently reviewing session submissions. We will provide a "conference-at-a-glance" in April. JOIN US!

For more information, visit our conference page. See you in September!

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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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