Join us in Seattle, Washington September 13 through 15, 2023

for the 2023 North American Conference hosted by IAP2 USA.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

More details coming soon.

Events Calendar

IAP2 USA offers training courses, networking events and other programs of interest and value to P2 practitioners. These events are presented by IAP2 USA alone, or in partnership with consultants and are listed on this calendar.

How do I register online? To register for an event, click on the event name, click on the registration link, then complete the registration page by filling in your information. You will be receiving a confirmation email soon after you have completed registration. 

How do I register offline? If online registration is not available please download the registration form and fax or mail it in to the appropriate location. Please note that some of our events are handled by chapters or independent consultants, and inquiries should be sent directly to them. 

Upcoming events

    • April 22, 2021
    • December 31, 2023
    • Online - Self Paced Learning

    Introducing IAP2 USA's first online, self-paced training opportunity

    This new self-paced course will build your skills and knowledge for bravely leading in times of polarization and conflict.

    We live in times of rapid change, upheaval and global inter-connection. We are experiencing a growing divide and polarization between people, with an increasing dynamic of us versus them. We've seen a rise in public shame, blame and vitriol. We face enormous complex challenges like climate change, the global refugee crisis, systemic racism and inequity. We've been hit with a global pandemic which is causing rising fear, anxiety and uncertainty.

    While all these things are in the space of the public arena where we interact with each other every day, we have a unique opportunity to choose how we want to lead these biggest challenges of our lives and choose how we want to work together with others.

    It starts with you. Ask yourself these questions:

    • What is happening around you that you want to step in to?

    • How do you want to lead in ways that are different than you are leading now?

    • What would be different if you were better equipped to bravely lead challenging conversations?

    • What works and what doesn’t and what do you need to watch out for?

    The course opens with an introductory video lecture on key concepts, with 4 more modules where you can work at your own pace to build competency in key areas of leadership in a world of complexity, polarization and disruption. The Modules cover: 

    • Bravely leading challenging conversations 

    • Holding space for high emotion 

    • Building trust in the public arena 

    • De-escalation tools for high stakes interactions

    Priced lower than our other courses, this self-paced training allows you to learn when and where it works best for you. When you are done, you qualify for a free coaching session with Steph Roy McCallum, the course instructor, to deepen and apply your learning.

    $365 Members -- $455 Non-Members

    *IAP2 USA Members must login to receive the members only rate

    *IAP2 International Members can email info@iap2usa for a discount code

     — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

    Trainer: Stephani Roy McCallum

    Stephani is Chief Storm Rider at the Courageous Leadership Project. She is a Leadership Coach, Certified Professional Facilitator, and a seasoned leader specializing in conflict, high emotion and controversy. She has worked internationally on controversial projects with individuals, organizations and communities to transform conflict and create momentum for positive change. Stephani believes that brave, honest conversations solve the problems in our world.

    She has led and managed conversations involving more than 30,000 participants, and has worked on five continents facilitating complex topics like municipal budgets, school closures, land use, health care, transportation, nuclear waste, natural disaster, truth and reconciliation, environment and more.

    Stephani has been the Project Lead on a number of international and national award winning projects, including a project which received the IAP2 International Core Values Award for finding common ground and a way forward for the blood donation policy for men who have had sex with other men for Canadian Blood Services, a highly divisive and polarizing issue.

    She has been a licensed trainer of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Foundations in Public Participation since 2005, and was a lead developer of IAP2’s Strategies for Public Opposition and Outrage course. She was an IAP2 Assessor, coach and mentor for new candidate trainers for all of IAP2's training programs from 2011 to 2016, and continues to serve as an Assessor and Coach for new trainers of the Outrage program. She was the 2008 President of IAP2 International. Stephani has a background in Sociology and holds certificates in Co-active coaching, Courageous Leadership, Authentic Leadership, community development & alternative dispute resolution. She regularly speaks and presents internationally on how to lead powerfully in the face of challenges, creating new more possible futures for all of us, together.

    • March 27, 2023
    • 11:59 PM (PDT)
    • June 16, 2023
    • 11:59 PM (PDT)
    • Online application

    Application Fee

    The cost to submit a Core Values Awards application is $100.  This registration page provides you with the opportunity to pay online. You must also send your submission to

    You can pay online through the IAP2 USA  system by registering for the 2023 Core Value Awards listed in the IAP2 USA Events Calendar. 

    Or send a check:

    IAP2 USA
    13396 Kearney St.
    Thornton, CO 80602
    (Please send a cover letter with check noting: CVA and applicant name and email address)

    • June 16, 2023
    • 11:59 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Please submit your $300 non-refundable Application Fee, payable upon submission of application to

    Applicants must have completed the IAP2 5-day training, and Certificate in Public Participations or Foundations in Public Participation (former Certificate Course) and be members in good standing of IAP2.

    Check out the Professional Certification page for more information. 

    To be eligible for the Fall 2023 Assessment Center on October 20 & 21, you must submit your application by June 16, 2023. Please contact with questions.

    • June 20, 2023
    • (EDT)
    • June 23, 2023
    • (EDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online with Trainers Craddock Stropes & Doug Zenn
    • 14

    ***Fundamentals of Public Participation is the prerequisite for this course

    Completion of IAP2 Foundations in P2: Planning For Effective Public Participation prior to 2023 also counts as a prerequisite for this course***

    IAP2's Applying Methods for Public Participation

    Four 4-hour sessions

    June 20-23, 2023
    1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern
    12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Central
    11:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. Mountain

    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.mPacific

    Applying Methods is a Level 2 course that introduces practitioners to a large number of P2 methods. This includes learning how to design specific methods, developing good question design, and having an opportunity to practice running some methods.

    The course is suitable for practitioners who are part of a team implementing a P2 process and are looking for the practical skills to be effective in designing and applying methods.

    Course objectives:

    1. Identify a range of methods that can be used for various engagement purposes and processes, and strategies to select the most appropriate method/s for an engagement project/process.

    2. Research, design and test a F2F and/or online method using a range of tools and resources.

    3. Apply the four steps of designing a method incorporating the eight key components of method design.

    4. Develop rational and experiential aims.

    5. Design an appropriate format.

    6. Design questions and process.

    7. Develop appropriate communications.

    8. Combine methods to achieve engagement goals and objectives and test for appropriate sequencing.

    9. Incorporate inclusion and diversity principles

    10. Identify data management needs, evaluation points and measures.

    11. Identify resources required.

    12. Explore a variety of both F2F and online methods/ techniques that are more structured and have nested methods within them (e.g., Deliberative Processes, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space Technology).

    13. Analyze the specific requirements for online and digital methods, identify and select appropriate platforms and tools to meet needs and strategize to develop these methods for delivery.

    14. Identify principles for monitoring online activity.

    15. Test the design by running elements of the method and submitting to peer review using a checklist.

    16. Apply methods to achieve engagement goals and objectives, including using effective communication skills, and test for appropriate sequencing.

    17. Design key messages and communication tools that build trust and integrity, and meet the needs of diverse audiences.

      Professional Certification/Credits


      #3 Applying Methods for Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 20 CM

        June 20, 21, 22, 23, 2023       1 PM – 5 PM ET

        Members $550 -- Regular $650 

        Last day to Register June 16, 2023

        PLEASE NOTE: IAP2 USA members must be logged in to receive the member rate. International IAP2 members can contact for a code to register. 

         — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

        **You must first complete Fundamentals of P2 before this course.

        Completion of IAP2 Foundations in P2: Planning For Effective Public Participation prior to 2023 also counts as a prerequisite for this course**


        #1 Fundamentals of Public Participation (2 - 4 hour sessions CM I 8 CM

          May 3-4, 2023        1 PM – 5 PM ET OR 

          Members $275 --  Regular $325

          #2 Designing & Leading Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 16 CM

            May 16-19, 2023       1 PM – 5 PM ET

            Members $550 -- Regular $650

            Certificate Program - All Three Modules (10 - 4 hour Sessions) 
                      Regular $1,625  Members $1,375 



            Craddock Stropes (she/her) is a facilitator, trainer and coach with more than 25 years of experience in the local government and non-profit sectors. Her work centers on connecting people with ideas to create inclusive, strategic and tangible solutions that make everyday lives better. She is chair of the IAP2 USA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, a member of the American Public Works Association national DEI Committee and is active in the International Network of Asian Public Administrators. She has presented learning sessions on inclusion, public engagement and crisis communications for Connect, California Association for Public Information Officers, Public Relations Society of America, American Public Works Association and Transforming Local Government conferences. She is currently a senior management analyst for the City of Carlsbad.

            Doug Zenn has 30 years of experience in the communications field and has developed and managed community involvement, awareness, and education efforts around numerous issues including visioning, transportation, water resources, community-based planning and more. Doug has led ZennAssociates’ development of the innovative “Three-Dimensional Public Participation” model (3DP2) an approach that expands community access to project information and provides unique avenues for community input including the use of new technologies. Doug also serves on the executive committee for IAP2’s Cascade Chapter (Oregon and Southwest Washington) and is a certified trainer for IAP2’s public involvement foundations courses. Doug Zenn has 30 years of experience in the communications field and has developed and managed community involvement.

            • June 28, 2023
            • 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
            • Online Via Zoom
            • 15

            June 28, 2023

            12:00 - 4:30 pm Eastern

            This course introduces a powerful, transparent process to identify and analyze key stakeholders for any engagement project – a critical step in an ethical and equity-centered engagement design. After understanding the theory and purpose, participants use short cases to practice stakeholder mapping. They learn how to identify and analyze the full spectrum of stakeholders, with special emphasis on underrepresented stakeholders who need additional outreach/support to ensure inclusive engagement. For each case, the group learns how to “clean” and finalize the map, and then discusses implementation challenges and how to overcome them.

            Learning outcomes:

            • Challenge: Design and implement equity-centered engagement processes for increasingly diverse communities 
            • Critical to success: Robust and comprehensive stakeholder identification and analysis (“stakeholder mapping”)
            • Course combines theory, practice, instructions, templates
            • Participants leave ready to conduct thorough, defensible stakeholder mapping that identifies underrepresented stakeholders, and use the results to plan and successfully implement inclusive engagement 


              • Introduction, overview, and grounding
              • Stakeholder mapping 
                • Framing 
                • Process + Practice, Case 1 
                • IAP2 context: Code of Ethics 
                • Process + Practice, Case 2
              •  Close: Reflections, evaluation 

              Participants receive:

              • Detailed stakeholder mapping instructions 
              • Stakeholder mapping templates and examples 
              • Complete course content and notetaking document
              $200 Members  --  $275 Non Members  --  $125 Student Members. 

              PLEASE NOTE: IAP2 USA members must be logged into as a member to register at the member rate.

              Members from other IAP2 regions need a code to register which can be obtained from

               — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

              Trainer: Anne Carroll

              Anne Carroll has been a consultant and trainer in public involvement and strategic planning for many years, serving primarily the public sector in both the USA and Canada. She focuses on designing and implementing ethical and equity-centered stakeholder engagement on important public issues, reaching out to and engaging diverse groups of people and perspectives, and tackling complex and multi-stakeholder environments. She served for 16 years as an elected member of the citywide St. Paul, Minnesota Board of Education, and serves as a board or committee member with IAP2 USA and the Minnesota Chapter, and the Minnesota Education Equity Partnership.

              • June 29, 2023
              • 1:00 PM (EDT)
              • June 30, 2023
              • 5:00 PM (EDT)
              • Online with Trainer Cathy Smith
              • 13

               Fundamentals of Public Participation

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

              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

              THIS COURSE

              #1 Fundamentals of Public Participation (2 - 4 hour sessions CM I 8 CM) 

                June 29-30, 2023      1 PM – 5 PM ET

                Members $275 --  Regular $325

                Last day to Register June 23, 2023

                 — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

                **You must first complete this module before Designing Public Participation and Applying Methods**


                NEXT COURSE

                #2 Designing Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 18 CM

                  July 24-27, 2023 1 PM – 5 PM ET

                  Members $550 -- Regular $650 

                  Last day to Register July 20, 2023

                  Registration opens soon!

                  FINAL COURSE

                  #3 Applying Methods for Public Participation  (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 18 CM

                    November 14-17       1 PM – 5 PM ET

                    Members $550 -- Regular $650 

                    Last day to Register November 10, 2023

                    Registration opens soon!

                    Certificate Program - All Three Modules (10 - 4 hour Sessions) 

                    Package (3 courses): The first course will be offered in-person on September 13 in Seattle, WA (Fundamentals). And then the program will continue virtually on September 26-29 (Designing Public Participation) and on October 10-13, 2023 (Applying Methods).

                            Regular $1,625  Members $1,375 

                      Trainer: Cathy Smith