IAP2 USA June/July Newsletter

IAP2 North American Conference Early Registration Discount Ends 7/4

IAP2 North American Conference, September 13-15, 2023 at the Sheraton Grand, Seattle, Washington. 

Join us for two and a half days of community building, knowledge sharing, and networking with friends and colleagues. 

Each year the IAP2 North American Conference theme and schedule is spearheaded by the NAC Steering Committee. This dedicated group has expanded on their mission to provide outstanding professional development by identifying some of the most important trends in the public participation community.

This year’s conference theme, "Partnering for Possibility", is about coming together in authentic and creative ways. It's about what can happen when equitable engagement is shared, valued, and celebrated. It's about taking chances and believing in people, processes, and opportunities. 

The early registration discount ends tomorrow, so make sure to register to save $100.

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IAP2 North American Conference Preliminary Agenda Now Available

The preliminary agenda is now available and includes plenty of time for networking and conversations. It is important to remember that much of our learning at conferences goes on in the hallways between sessions and at social events. You can often discover answers to your biggest challenges while talking to your peers. Take advantage of the time to learn from your colleagues as well as our notable keynotes who will be announced next week. Be prepared to be inspired by storytelling, galvanized for social impact, and energized by adding creativity and play to your community engagement.  

Some sessions this year include: 

The challenging process of engaging your local governments: 

  • Cities, Agencies, Utilities Oh My! Building Trust through Community Partnerships (Julieta Quiñonez, Meg Trubee, Fernando Pineda

  • Beyond Transactions: Building civic leadership and relationships through engagement (Gloria Pinzón Marin)

Learning to better serve indigenous communities:

  • Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge Authentically and Effectively (Elliott Young, Chris Henderson, Ann Grodon Tighe)

And, of course, incorporating equity:

  • Equity in Action: Creative Solutions for Community Engagement (Lauren Garrott Malina Springer) 

  • Gathering Community Insights: How to Get Started in an Equitable Way (Johnna White)

You can get creative with your problem solving: 

  • YES AND... From problem solving to value spotting - how improv can improve your P2 practice! (Kim Hyshka, Emily Cameron)

Learn more about IAP2

  • Share your thoughts and insights during a deep dive into how and why the IAP2 foundations training evolved 
  • IAP2 DEI listening session.

Don't miss these pre-conference events Tuesday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

  • Eastside Housing Field Trip (no extra fee but participants must buy their own transit ticket) 
  • Boat Tour (Boarding at 1:30) (No extra fee but space is limited)
  • Fundamentals Training- 20 openings (separate fee) IAP2 USA member-- $275 International IAP2 Member $275 -- Non-member $325

What better place to come together in person again, than the Emerald City (Seattle).

We look forward to seeing you there


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IAP2 USA Board of Directors Accepting Nominations until July 15

IAP2 USA is looking for new leaders.

Help set the direction of your expanding organization by nominating yourself or a colleague for board service. We are looking for candidates with a variety of professional expertise, cultural backgrounds, spectrum of life experiences, and geographic reach. This year’s board needs visionary and enthusiastic leaders intent on guiding the organization into the future.

By serving on the IAP2 USA board of directors you will not only give back to your profession, you will develop leadership skills, and increase your knowledge and passion for the public participation practice.

Consider becoming a Board member. To nominate yourself please fill in the Nomination form and send to Erin@iap2usa.org – subject heading “Nomination Application”.

For additional information review the Nominations Information Package.

For questions contact Erin Zimmermann Executive Manager, IAP2 USA at Erin@iap2usa.org or Claudia Bilotti, Chair, Nominations Committee

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IAP2 USA's 2023 Annual General Meeting  Outlined Progress and Future

Each year the organization hosts a general membership meeting. The goal of this event is to provide an update on the financial status as well as offer a state of the association message. In addition, leadership outlines their upcoming goals for the future as well as overall accomplishments and the progress made on the strategic plan. This year’s format also encouraged member discussion and provided ample time for questions. View the Membership Meeting Presentation and Listen to the Conversation with members and organization leaders. 

The year 2022 was extremely busy and productive for both staff and members. IAP2 USA President Heather Imboden summed up the major focus. While the work may not have been fully visible to members, our team, in partnership with IAP2 International, has worked behind the scenes to refresh our signature foundational training and enlist and empower a new cohort of trainers who add new perspectives to the value of our experienced trainers. This new material centers equity and provides new frameworks for understanding today’s practice, while building on the evergreen pillars of IAP2’s core values, code of ethics, and spectrum of public participation.

Along with the new and enhanced training, the group reported on the association’s stable membership which has doubled since 2018, a favorable organizational financial position, completion of refreshed Certificate in Public Participation training materials, six new licensed trainers in the US, and newly developed strategic partnerships to provide member value and diversify revenue streams. Read more details in the 2022 Annual Report.

Highlighted goals for 2023 and the future included:

  • Growth in a diverse network of members actively engaged in activities and initiatives

  • Initial review of membership and chapter structures

  • Advocacy for good P2 through development of tools and resources, engagement with members, and public speaking opportunities 

  • Opportunities for training and professional development opportunities that are relevant, innovative, and transformative including the launch of refreshed Certificate of Public Participation training suite and hosting the North American Conference in Seattle

  • Transitions in governance and operations to sustain a growing and maturing organizational model within IAP2 USA and with IAP2 International.

  • Continued cultivation of diverse revenue streams through sponsorships, strategic partnerships, and marketing. 

If you would like more information or would like to volunteer your time and expertise to the organization, please contact Executive Manager Erin Zimmermann. 

IAP2's Fundamentals of Public Participation

First course to be taken before Designing Public Participation and Applying Methods

July 18 & 19, 2023     

1 PM – 5 PM Eastern

The Fundamentals of Public Participation (P2) course is a prerequisite to other courses in the Global Learning Pathway that sets out the underpinning models and frameworks of engagement practice as defined by the IAP2 community.

The focus of this course is on understanding and applying the practices of meaningful and effective P2 and what participants need to know to do this well. The training explores best practices, and how to design and apply this knowledge to your P2.

Course objectives

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Define P2 and related terms and what makes it unique
  • Identify what makes P2 meaningful, and reflect on the benefits, risks and myths related to P2
  • Identify the role that values play in P2 work, and the leadership attributes that will serve them in practice 
  • Reflect on and apply ethical leadership actions and abilities to P2 situations
  • Apply the Profiles of P2 model to P2, and explore organization- and community-led engagement and how that impacts the engagement process
  • Reflect on and apply the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and explore the roles and impacts of power and influence
  • Apply the IAP2 Spectrum to P2 situations and practice
  • Explore the Practice Framework as a tool for effective planning and process, and assess the quality of the process

          Become a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3)

          Certification as a Public Participation professional acknowledges your adherence to a strict set of standards recognized around the world for delivering quality, meaningful public participation. It is the premier credential for public participation professionals. 

          To join a select number of colleagues a three-step process is used to assess candidates’ knowledge and skills:

          • Step One – Submission of the CP3 Application, and professional portfolio
          • Step Two – Preparation and submission of a Public Participation Plan in response to a case study

          • Step Three – Preparation for and participation in an Assessment Center.

          • Prerequisite – Completion of all three IAP2 flagship courses and receipt of the IAP2 Global Certificate of Completion in Public Participation

          Our CP3 Assessment Center for 2023 is full, but we will hold one and possibly two in 2024 if there is a high demand. 

          If you're interested please submit your name below so we know how many CP3 cohorts to schedule for next year. 

          2024 CP3 Interest Form

          Webinar Recordings - Available to Members Free On Demand

          All of our past webinars are available to members who are logged into iap2usa.org. Just click here and you will be prompted to login to the Webinar Archives.

          May 9 (Learning Webinar) - Co-Designing Community Engagement to Advance Equity

          Co-designing with community results in accessible and culturally relevant engagement opportunities as well as more equitable outcomes for historically excluded communities. IAP2 Core Values emphasize the importance of seeking input from participants in designing how they participate in engagement processes. Beyond seeking input, what does it look like to co-design an engagement process with community? Bozeman, MT and Boulder, CO share examples, experiences, and the elements of co-design when engaging the community to advance equity. 

          In this interactive session, participants will: 

          • Hear and share tangible examples of co-designed community engagement processes

          • Be able to articulate the elements of co-design

          • Be able to identify and scope processes or projects that are a good fit for co-design

          • Draft a Participant Action Plan to identify tangible next steps for planning and implementing in their own communities

          Presenters: Dani Hess & Ryan Hanschen

          If our current courses don't meet your needs please fill out this quick survey so we can help you become the P2 practitioner your community needs.

          Member Spotlight

          If your organization has had any recent P2 successes or thought of creative solutions we want to hear about it! Please contact info@iap2usa.org to be featured on our website or newsletter.

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