IAP2 USA May/June 2024 News

From the Executive Director  Erin Zimmermann


We are excited to invite you to help shape the future of IAP2 USA. Your insights and experiences are invaluable as we develop our new strategic plan, and we want to ensure that your voice is heard.

What’s Happening?

We are in the process of crafting a strategic plan that will guide our organization over the next three years. This plan will set the direction for our programs, initiatives, and services, ensuring they align with the needs and aspirations of our members.

Why Your Input Matters

As a member, your perspective is crucial. You have firsthand experience with our programs and services, and your feedback will help us identify what we’re doing well and where we can improve. Your participation will directly influence the priorities and strategies that will shape our future.

How to Get Involved

Share your ideas and insights today! Strategic Plan Engagement Survey. With this survey you'll have a chance to interact with other members' thoughts and comments. 

I also encourage you to join us on Tuesday, June 11th from 2-3 p.m. EDT for IAP2 USA's Annual General Membership Meeting. We will celebrate our successes and have an engagement opportunity to dream about the future. 

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Warm regards,

Erin Zimmermann, 

Executive Director


Why Attend this year's IAP2 USA Annual General Membership Meeting on June 11?

For most nonprofit organizations, the annual meeting is the time for evaluating the organization's progress towards its mission and for setting goals for the upcoming year. Not only does it provide a chance to come together with other members, IAP2 leadership and staff to learn more about the direction of your organization but it’s also a time to share your ideas and priorities for the association. This year, the agenda includes a chance to provide input for the next round of strategic planning. It will also offer some fun engagement opportunities for members to connect, share, and learn together.

Don’t miss your opportunity to impact your profession, your community, and your association by participating in this year’s annual meeting.

Not able to attend, or want to share your thoughts ahead of time? Share your ideas and insights today by participating in the Strategic Plan Engagement Survey.

Preliminary Agenda

Welcome and call to order, President

Confirmation of Agenda, President

Introductions -  Secretary

Highlights from 2023 - President 

Treasurer’s Report on 2023 Finances, Treasurer

Introduction of the 2024 Board with thanks to departing Board members - President

Plans for 2024 - President

Strategic Planning

Annual Meeting Adjournment

Open to members only

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IAP2 USA Board of Directors 2025 Nominations Now Open

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 Board Nomination form and send to Erin@iap2usa.org – subject heading “Nomination Application”.

For additional information review the nominations page or Board Nominations Package

For questions contact Erin Zimmermann Executive Director, IAP2 USA at Erin@iap2usa.org or Heather Imboden, Chair, Nominations Committee 

UN Sustainable Development Goals Public Participation Survey

In the realm of sustainable development, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) play a crucial role in guiding global efforts. Amongst these goals, SDG 11 specifically focuses on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. Target 11.3, a key component of this goal, emphasizes enhancing inclusive and sustainable urbanization through participatory and integrated human settlement planning. At the heart of this target lies Indicator 11.3.2, which gauges the proportion of cities with a direct participation of civil society in urban planning and management that operates regularly and democratically. Preserving this indicator is essential for several reasons.

    • It focuses on the active engagement of all stakeholders in the development of sustainable human settlements, giving special attention to vulnerable groups. 
    • It promotes civic and human rights education, making urban residents aware of their rights and roles in urban settings.  
    • It calls for the removal of barriers to the participation of socially marginalized groups, ensuring non-discrimination and full and equal participation. 

As we progress towards 2030, the preservation of SDG 11.3.2 becomes increasingly crucial for fostering sustainable urban environments and realizing the broader vision of inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities worldwide. The indicator's periodic monitoring ensures that governments and stakeholders remain accountable for promoting structures that facilitate direct, regular, and democratic civil society participation in urban planning and management.  

With this survey, you will be able to:

    • Report and monitor participation in urban planning and management in your city.
    • Get your score and compare it with different stakeholders in your city.
    • Visualize scores from cities worldwide and compare it to your own.
    • Help UN-Habitat measure the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) implementation at the city level.
Help preserve this indicator and continue to have it in the Global Goals Database by filling the survey below:
    Take Survey

      IAP2 USA 2024 Skills Symposium 

      Expand your horizons, make meaningful connections, and supercharge your professional growth at the 2024 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium. This year's event is tailored to provide you with unique networking opportunities, in-person learning experiences, and access to small, focused classes.


              June 24-28, 2024


              MnDOT Shoreview Training and Conference Center

              1900 County Road I West

              Shoreview, MN 55126

              Venue hosted by Minnesota Department of Transportation

      Boost Your Networking Game

      Connect with the best in the field, exchange innovative ideas, and forge lasting partnerships. Here's your chance to:

      • Broaden your professional network
      • Gain insights from industry leaders
      • Engage in thought-provoking discussions

      Empower Yourself with In-Person Learning

      Dive deep into specialized IAP2 USA Certificate courses, our new IAP2 Elective Courses, and all-new third party courses. Take advantage of:

      • Comprehensive learning in small, focused cohorts
      • IAP2 USA's 2 new elective courses
      • Exclusive access to 5 new additional courses 
      • Expert-guided personal growth opportunities

      Book Your Spot Now

      Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to propel your career forward. Embrace the chance to learn, connect, and grow with the best in the public engagement profession.

      Register Today


      Member Rate:   $350/Day 

      Non-Member Rate:   $375/Day 

      Schedule at a Glance

      All courses start at 8:30 AM and should be finished by 5:00 PM. Lunch and breaks are included in the price. All courses will take place at the Shoreview Training and Conference Center.

      Mon, June 24 Tues, June 25 Wed, June 26 Thurs, June 27 Fri, June 28
      IAP2's Fundamentals of P2 IAP2's Designing & Leading P2
      (Prerequisite: Fundamentals of P2)
      IAP2's Applying Methods for P2
      (Prerequisite: Fundamentals of P2)

      IAP2's Understanding Conflict in Public Participation
      (Prerequisite: Fundamentals of P2)
      IAP2's Understanding People & Communities
      (Prerequisite: Fundamentals of P2)
      IAP2's Working with Conflict & High Emotion
      (Prerequisite: Fundamentals of P2)
      Dream Play Build: Hands-On and Sensory-Based Community Engagement for Meaningful and Equitable Plans, Spaces, and Places Designing for Diversity: Ethical, Equity-Centered Engagement  

              IAP2 Certificate Courses        
                IAP2 Elective Courses       
                Specialty Courses       


      Registration Tips

      • Fundamentals of Public participation is a prerequisite for the other orange courses and the blue courses. The grey courses have no prerequisite.
      • Sign up for each course separately. 
      • Only one course can be taken each day. 

        Don't wait to seize this opportunity. Register today and take a step forward in your public engagement journey

        Register Today

        IAP2 2024 North American Conference Registration Open

        📅 Date: October 24 - 26

        📍 Location: Ottawa, Ontario

        We hope you join us at the 2024 IAP2 North American Conference: "Building Together: The Role of Community Engagement in Shaping the Future"! Join us in Ottawa, Canada's vibrant capital, for the IAP2 North American Conference (NAC) 2024. This pivotal event takes place at the Shaw Centre in the heart of Ottawa. Hosted by IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA, this conference is a call to action for everyone who believes in the power of public participation (P2) to build stronger communities, especially at a time when democratic engagement is more crucial than ever.

        Early Bird Registration for the 2024 IAP2 NAC

        Register before July 1, 2024 for the 2024 IAP2 North American Conference in Ottawa and enjoy discounted rates!

        Register on iap2canada.ca

        IAP2 USA's Professional Certification Apply by September 16th

        The next Certification Assessment Center will be in December, Apply by September. 

        December 6 & 7 - Application & Fee Due September 6

        Here is an outline of the Certification Process, but the full details can be found here

        ***Prerequisite: Completion of all three IAP2 Global Certificate courses and receipt of the IAP2 Global Certificate of Completion in Public Participation. ***

        • Step One – Submission of the CP3 Application, professional portfolio, and application fee by the appropriate deadline for your chosen assessment center. 
        • Step Two – After your application is reviewed and accepted you will need to complete a Public Participation Plan in response to a case study
        • Step Three – After your case study assignment is reviewed and accepted you will need to prepare for and participate in an Assessment Center. (This is a full two-day process and attendance is mandatory)
        More Info

        The Debra Duerr Memorial Scholarship is available to eligible P2 practitioners. 

        Thank you to our donors for making this possible!

        More information   Scholarship Application 

        IAP2's Fundamentals of Public Participation June 20 & 21

        Fundamentals of Public Participation

        First course to be taken before Designing Public Participation and Applying Methods. Once all three are completed you will receive a Global Certificate in Public Participation

        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

        Professional Certification/Credits

        Register Today

        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/Project 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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