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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… our next two webinars. On Tuesday, Dec. 9,“Engage the Systems of the Whole City” looks at ways of bringing together the many and varied “voices” in a city system to ensure all get a say in decision-making. Beth Sanders of Populus Community Solutions and Ryan Henderson of the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will share their experiences. Click here for more information and to register. 

On Tuesday, January 13, we get to hear from two more Core Values Award winners on how their projects sparkled and caught the attention of the judging panels in Canada and the USA. Both were honoured in the Research Project category. Dr. Julia Abelson has been working with health-care agencies across Canada to come up with a way of evaluating the success of patient-engagement initiatives. Dr. John Poynton spearheaded a project to give parents a more meaningful role in public education in the St Vrain Valley School District in Colorado. He’ll be joined by one of the parents, Laura McDonald. The St Vrain project was recently awarded “Research Project of the Year” by the IAP2 Federation. To get more information and register, click here

As always, these webinars are free for IAP2 members and only $50 for non-members.

The November Learning Webinar: "IAP2 Certification - the Core Competencies"

November Webinar: IAP2 Certification-The Core Competencies

Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 2pm Eastern time (11am Pacific)

As a service to all our members, we are providing the video of the November Webinar free of charge.

For the past several months, a task force led by IAP2 USA and consisting of members from IAP2 Canada and IAP2 Southern Africa has been developing a means of establishing professional certification for P2 practitioners. In consultation with members, the task force has drafted a list of Core Competencies -- basic characteristics of a true P2 professional.

In the IAP2 November Learning Webinar, task force members Wendy Green-Lowe (USA) and Brenda Pichette (Canada) presented the draft and fielded questions and comments from webinar participants.

View the webinar here.

Download the PowerPoint presentation here.

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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