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. Learn more.

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Certification Pilot Project Up and Running – Apply Today!

It’s here! After two years of development, IAP2 USA is proud to present the pilot professional certification program. Be one of the first IAP2 Members to apply for this brand new certification program for P2 professionals, and help us fine tune the certification process.

In September 2015, IAP2 USA will conduct a pilot for the new professional certification program. The assessment process was developed by a task force of IAP2 members from USA, Canada, and South Africa in consultation with our membership. Read more.

July Learning Webinar – “You the Jury”

Can you bring together a diverse group of ordinary citizens with a passing knowledge, at best, of a technical issue and come up with an informed decision?

That’s the concept of the “Citizen Jury”, and the idea is gaining traction, more and more. The Jefferson Center in the US literally wrote the book on Citizens' Juries, and we'll be joined by Assistant Director Larry Pennings and Program Manager Andrew Rockway, along with Sherrill Johnson of the Centre for Public Involvement in Edmonton, Alberta.

This webinar will discuss designing and implementing Citizens' Juries and innovative Citizens' Jury-style events to ensure meaningful citizen deliberation that leads to productive public outcomes (public policy or community action), rather than a quickly-shelved report.

This webinar will take place on Tuesday, July 14, from 11:00 to 12:15 Pacific. Remember that this is free for members and $50 for non-members. Please register here.

More than 50 sessions, incredible keynote speakers and more –
the IAP2 North American Conference in Portland

2015 North American Conference

Wow! Our keynote speakers are confirmed, more than 50 sessions are being offered, as well as sessions in the field. Plan on attending the many fun activities including the welcoming reception and the Core Values Awards Gala our opportunity to celebrate the best of the best in P2 from around the world. So much to choose from so plan to attend and make sure that you are registered.

But wait there is more… The IAP2 North American Conference is pleased to offer a pre-conference workshop on “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Portland-style” on Wednesday, Sept. 9. It’s FREE for conference registrants, $75 for IAP2 members and $100 for non-members. You can register here.

Find out about all the sessions in the Schedule-at-a-Glance, which is now online. Register now, and qualify for the Early-Bird conference rates. See you in Portland!

IAP2 Federation Model Review – Your Input is Needed!

Join us in a conversation to help shape the future of the IAP2 Federation!

IAP2 USA and IAP2 Canada are reaching out to their members to take part in the IAP2 Federation Model Review – Refinement of Roles, Responsibilities and Funding Model. When the IAP2 Federation of Affiliates model was established in 2011, members agreed to a 10-year implementation timeline. As we approach the 5-year point in our new governance model, it is time for a review to determine if any adjustments are needed to ensure organizational sustainability.

The IAP2 Federation is seeking input and advice from members on the appropriate roles and responsibilities for the Federation and the Affiliates/Chapters as we continue to move forward and grow our organization together.

If you would like more information on the process please read the Background Document and Frequently Asked Questions. You may also review the special webinar held June 24, and review the questions and answers that arose during that webinar.

Further questions and comments can be sent to Amelia Shaw at ameliaiap2usa@gmail.com.

Foundations in Public Participation course materials to be translated!

Join the International Language Translations Working Group!

At the April 2015 IAP2 International Board meeting, direction was given to proceed with developing a work plan for the translation of the Foundations in Public Participation course materials into the French, Italian and Bahasa (Indonesia) languages (and potentially Portuguese). The work of this initiative will progress through the creation of an International Language Translations Working Group together with the Executive Manager. Further details around the scope of work and timeframe are included in the release document. Responses are requested by July 17.

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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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