IAP2 USA February 2024 News

From the Executive Director  Erin Zimmermann


I want to start by saying thank you. Thank you for being part of the IAP2 Community. One thing that has been on my mind lately, is how do we continue to foster and support member engagement. We understand that our strength lies in the active involvement of our members. 

Engagement isn't just a buzzword – it's the heartbeat of our organization. Your ideas, insights, and experiences drive our initiatives forward, shaping the future of public participation practices across the nation. We are continuing to look at how to incorporate ideas from our membership survey into our programs and services and are excited to be expanding our membership and chapter support in coming months. 

Whether you're participating in our training, webinars or workshops; serving on our committees; or supporting important work at the Chapter level, your engagement matters. 

There will be many more exciting opportunities to get more involved this year, including connecting with our Young Professionals, checking out our events including the Symposium, and North American Conference, or connecting with your local chapter. Thank you for being part of IAP2. 

Warm regards,

Erin Zimmermann, 

Executive Director


IAP2 USA 2024 Skills Symposium Save the Date 


2024 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium 

Twin Cities, St. Paul, Minnesota

June 24 to June 28, 2024 

Call for Third Party Trainers! 

After a pandemic hiatus, IAP2 USA is looking for trainers for our first Symposium since 2020!

IAP2 USA invites submissions from trainers to teach third-party courses, which are courses not licensed by IAP2 (we will select trainers for licensed courses using a different process). 

Submit your proposal Today!

Application deadline is Sunday, March 31st by 11:45PM.

2024 Digital Discovery Webinar Series Bundle & Save by 2/28

Enhance your digital engagement skills for this changing world, with the highly popular Digital Discovery Series presented by IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA. This suite of valuable webinars features experienced practitioners and explores essential aspects of digital civic participation.

Whether you're looking to enhance your digital advertising strategies, engage more effectively across multiple platforms, understand the intricacies of AI, foster diversity in digital engagement, or decode complex data, our Digital Discovery Series has you covered. Join us to stay ahead in the ever-evolving digital landscape! 

Boost Your Impact: Digital Advertising Strategies for Public Participation

  • 28 February 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

Multi-Channel Engagement: Gathering Input across Multiple Digital Platforms
  • 27 March 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

AI Essentials: Tools and Policies for a Changing P2 Environment
  • 24 April 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

Inclusion and Digital Tools: Planning for Intersectionality in Online Engagement
  • 29 May 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

Decoding Open-Ended Input: Analysis Tools
  • 26 June 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

Bundle & Save

Take advantage of this special "five-pack": choose all five of the Digital Discovery Series workshops for $140.00 for IAP2 members, or $200 for non-members -- 5 workshops for the price of 4!

Register for all 5 here or for each session individually above. 

Register by 2/28

Chapter News

IAP2 USA Northeast Chapter Board Nominations

Are you passionate about public participation and communications?  IAP2 Northeast will be holding a special election to fill five new board seats! We cover 7 states including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York. If you are living in these states we want to hear from you! The Board Application is now open and you may nominate yourself or a colleague. Nominations are due by 5 PM on Friday, March 15. Terms are from April 1, 2024 - December 31, 2025.

Submit your Nomination

What we have in store in 2024

1. Planning our first-ever Northeast Conference in 2024. 

2. Leading our Idea Hubs, a discussion series of critical topics affecting public participation professionals

3. Networking across states and building strong relationships with colleagues on the East Coast!

IAP2 USA 2024 Midwest Chapter Conference Open for Registration

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2024 Midwest Chapter Conference

Join the Midwest Chapter April 17-19, 2024, in Omaha, NE to learn from and spark connections with colleagues from across the Midwest!

We have a schedule full of informative sessions, interesting panels, and engaging social events!

Registration is open through March 29 and includes:

  •  Wednesday lunch and evening social
  • Thursday breakfast, lunch, and end-of-day happy hour
  • Friday breakfast and lunch
  • Many conference sessions to choose from (stay tuned for a detailed schedule!)


 IAP2 Member - $225

 Non-Member - $250

 Student - $150

Register Today

More information

IAP2 2024 North American Conference Call for Volunteers

Call for Volunteers -- North American Conference 2024 Program Committee

Join our programming team for Ottawa, ON, October 24-26, 2024

IAP2 Canada is seeking up to six motivated individuals to support the program development of the IAP2 2024 North American Conference (NAC). 

As a Program Committee member, you will be responsible for selecting program presenters for the 2024 Conference. Your role starts with the call for submissions and carries through to the selection of presenters. IAP2 Canada staff is responsible for the implementation.

Committee members will need to commit approximately 20 hours over a 3 months period (Jan/Feb through April 2024).

As a volunteer member, you will bring several of the following skills and experience:

  • Practical experience in program planning
  • Experience with results-driven work teams
  • Leadership and decision-making skills
  • Good judgment in assessing prospective presenters for a successful conference
  • Honest and open to discussion

Why volunteer?

  • Be a part of delivering a positive conference program experience
  • Contribute to the impact of IAP2 across North America
  • Utilize and build your interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Opportunity to network with the presenters
  • Work in a team environment with like-minded people with a passion for results
  • Access to the IAP2 Canada Volunteer Recognition Benefits

Interested in joining us?

Express your interest by emailing volunteer@iap2canada.ca no later than March 1st, 2024. Review the complete volunteer description for the program committee to learn more about the role, expectations and benefits of volunteering.

IAP2 Canada will be reviewing submissions this week and may contact you for additional information. Committee members do not have to be IAP2 Canada or IAP2 USA members.

Register on iap2canada.ca

IAP2 USA Core Values Awards 2024 Accepting Nominations

IAP2 USA wants to recognize your achievements with our Core Values Awards.

Each year, IAP2 Affiliates around the world celebrate excellence in the profession through the IAP2 Core Values Awards. The awards go to projects and organizations which best demonstrate IAP2's Core Values and help to raise the bar in the field of public engagement by sharing best practices and inspiring the P2 community to learn from one another. The Core Values Awards encourage new approaches and innovative uses of existing ones.

Share your inspiring projects. Show us you have created positive change, built trust, and engaged your local community in public participation. Core Value Awards applications are due May 15, 2024.

New Application Process for Project Entries

This year we have an exciting new application process for Core Values Awards Project entries. We are piloting a Case Study Format for General Project, Creativity and Innovation and the Respect for Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture Awards. 

A Case Study Template is currently in use by IAP2 Australasia and IAP2 Canada in their Core Values Application process. Switching to this format provides a valued resource to IAP2 members in the form of viewable case studies, it aligns us with the other organizations, and it offers a more streamlined and inclusive application process. Get more information and apply by May 15. 

Apply by May 15

IAP2 USA Young Professionals Cup of Tea Networking Event Success!

Thank you to all who participated in the first of many Cup of Tea Networking Events hosted by the Young Professional Group. It was great to connect with so many young professionals across the nation. We look forward to having more events like this to continually build our networks and communal support. 

If you would like to get involved, we invite you to: 

Updates about more events coming soon!

IAP2 USA's Professional Certification Become a Certified Public Participation Professional

We have chosen dates for the 2024 Certification Assessment Centers

August 23 & 24 - Application & Fee Due May 3

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 flagship 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)
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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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