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

    • February 21, 2024
    • 12:00 AM (PST)
    • May 15, 2024
    • 11:59 PM (PDT)
    • Online application

    Application Fee

    Thank you for registering for the IAP2 USA Core Values Awards. 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

    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)

    Please send your Awards Submission to by May 15, 2024.

    • February 28, 2024
    • (EST)
    • June 26, 2024
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online via Zoom



    Digital Discovery Series 2024

    Elevate your digital engagement proficiency in today's dynamic world through the widely acclaimed Digital Discovery Series, presented collaboratively by IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA.

    Delve into this collection of meticulously designed webinars, featuring seasoned practitioners who explore fundamental aspects of digital civic participation.

    Seize the opportunity with our exclusive "five-pack" offer: select all five workshops in the Digital Discovery Series for just $140.00 (for IAP2 members) or $200 (for non-members). When you register for all five, you'll receive one session for free! You can register for the entire five-pack or choose individual sessions.

    Note: Members must be logged in to access member pricing.

    What to expect in this five-part series:

    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)

    About your presenter:

    Susanna Haas Lyons, M.A., is a public engagement specialist who develops strategy and provides training for better conversations between the public and decision-makers. She has 20+ years of international leadership experience in designing, facilitating, managing, and evaluating complex civic engagement efforts. 

    Susanna is an instructor with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) as well as a post-secondary instructor for Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue and Civic Engagement certificate program. She teaches about deliberative dialogue, digital engagement, large-scale engagement, and more. 

    Time Zones: 

    • 2:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern
    • 1:00 - 2:30 pm Central
    • 12:00 - 1:30 pm Mountain
    • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Pacific

    • April 25, 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Join IAP2 Northeast for Traffic Calming Versus People Calming on April 25. At this month’s Idea Hub, be a part of an interactive discussion about the messy middle between progress and change. Hear stories and exchange ideas about helping citizen advisory groups, stakeholder committees, and the public navigate common roadblocks to planning and implementing changes to our transportation systems.

    Sam Zimbabwe, transportation practice leader at Kimley-Horn, will lead an engaging discussion, pulling from more than 10 years of executive leadership experience in city transportation departments in Seattle and Washington, DC, as well as the non-profit and private sectors. Sam has spent his career planning, designing, and advocating for expanding infrastructure and mobility choices for people walking, biking, and riding transit.

    Contact if you need any aid or service to participate in this event.

    This is a free event. Register to receive the Zoom link.

    • May 01, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online Via Zoom
    • 3

    May 1, 2024

    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.

      • May 01, 2024
      • May 02, 2024
      • 4 sessions
      • Online with Trainer Cassie Hemphill

      Fundamentals of Public Participation

      *Fundamentals in P2 is the prerequisite course before taking 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.

      Couse 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


      Click Here to Register on trainers website! 


      Professional Certification/Credits


      • Members $275
      • Regular/Non-Member $325

      Date/Time of Training:

      April 3 and 4, 2024

      Schedule breakdown:

      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM MST

      • One hour lunch break
      • 1:00 PM - 3:00PM MST

      This is an IAP2 core training course delivered externally by an IAP2 licensed trainer. MUST REGISTER ON TRAINERS WEBSITE! 

      Click Here to Register on trainers website!

      Trainer: Cassie Hemphill 

      Cassie Hemphill has more than 25 years of experience in designing and leading public participation and engagement processes and projects. Her work has included environmental and natural resource management, healthcare delivery, education, and community-based human services. She has been creating and delivering remote and in-person training experiences for professionals and community members for more than 15 years. 

      Cassie has been involved with IAP2 since 2003. She helped create IAP2 USA’s Professional Certification program, assisted with updates and development of IAP2’s course materials, and has served on the USA and Intermountain Chapter boards. She currently serves as an IAP2 Licensing Programme Mentor, preparing candidates from around the world to become IAP2 Licensed Trainers. 

      Cassie’s Ph.D. research explored public/private collaboration in environmental management. Her M.A. research analyzed decision-makers' openness to public input. She has a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution and is an IAP2 USA Certified Public Participation Practitioner (CP3), a Certified Mediator (CM), and a Certified Virtual Facilitator (CVF). 

      • May 02, 2024
      • 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM (EDT)
      • Online via Zoom

      Thursday May 2, 2024

      1:00 - 2:15 pm Eastern

      12:00 - 1:15 pm Central

      11:00 am - 12:15 pm Mountain

      10:00 - 11:15 am Pacific

      Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are poised to have profound practical and ethical implications for the process of decision-making in democratic societies. However, public participation practitioners and the communities we work with are not powerless in the face of these rapid technological advancements. Equipped with a foundational understanding of the technology, a sound ethical framework rooted in the core values long promoted by IAP2, and actionable guidelines, policymakers, P2 practitioners, and AI developers can better support the responsible integration of AI in public participation processes.

      Join Dr. Pamela Robinson, professor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Toronto Metropolitan University, and Morgan Boyco, community engagement practitioner at Dillon Consulting and Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Waterloo, for a discussion of their recent research on the potentials and the ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence in the practice of public participation.

      About the presenters:

      Dr. Pamela Robinson MCIP RPP is a professor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) and is Academic Director at City Building TMU. Throughout her career as a planner her research and practice have focused on complex, emergent challenges that Canadian communities face. Her current research asks: who is planning the Canadian smart city? In 2020 Pamela received the inaugural Canadian Institute of Planners President’s Award: Academic. She is an Advisor on the Toronto Public Library’s Innovation Council and serves on the Board of Directors for the Metcalf Foundation. Pamela writes for Spacing Magazine and recently published a co-edited book The Future of Open Data (2022).

      Morgan Boyco MCIP RPP is a PhD Candidate and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship recipient in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo. At Waterloo, Morgan’s research focuses on public participation, contemporary planning and democracy theory, and the use of the latest digital civic engagement technologies to support local public participation processes. Morgan is also a professional planner and community engagement practitioner with Dillon Consulting with over a decade of experience working with municipalities across Canada to more effectively involve their community members in local decision-making processes.

      • May 03, 2024
      • 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 Summer 2024 Assessment Center on August 23 & 24, you must  submit your application by May 3, 2024. Please contact with questions.

      • May 07, 2024
      • (EDT)
      • May 10, 2024
      • (EDT)
      • 4 sessions
      • Online with Trainer Cassie Hemphill
      • 14

      ***Fundamentals of Public Participation is the prerequisites 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

      May 7, 8, 9, 10, 2024
      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

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

          May 7-10, 2024       1 PM – 5 PM ET

          Members $550 -- Regular $650 

          Last day to Register May 3, 2024 

          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

          Members $275 --  Regular $325

          Trainer: Cassie Hemphill 

          Cassie Hemphill has more than 25 years of experience in public participation and 15 years designing and delivering training. Her courses emphasize transferable, applied skills participants use to become more effective in their work and personal lives and improve the world around them. Cassie’s Ph.D. research explored public/private collaboration in environmental management. Her M.A. research analyzed decision-makers' openness to public input. She has a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution and is an IAP2 USA Certified Public Participation Practitioner (CP3), a Certified Mediator (CM), and a Certified Virtual Facilitator (CVF).

          • May 07, 2024
          • May 08, 2024
          • 2 sessions
          • Online with Trainer Kimberly Horndeski and Stephani Roy Mccallum

          IAP2 Understanding Conflict in Public Participation

          **You must first complete Fundamentals of Public Participation or the previous Foundations Training to take this course**