greater good award

Recognizing individual excellence in pursuing the greater good.

The Greater Good Award is presented each year by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) USA to recognize excellence achieved by individuals in the field of public participation in the United States. Their hard work ensures the people have a voice in things that affect them is often unsung.

Candidate(s) may be nominated by any IAP2 USA Member, Chapter or Committee. Nominees do not need to be a practitioner nor a member of IAP2 or its affiliates. All that is required is the nominee has illustrated outstanding leadership, service, and application of the IAP2 Core Values in the field of public participation. The selection of the honorees is made by the IAP2 USA President, and awards will be given at the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference in Charlotte, NC.


2019 Greater Good Award Dan Adams

Greater Good Award Winner - Dan Adams

2019 Greater Good Award Amelia Shaw

Greater Good Award Winner - Amelia Shaw

More information to come

2018 Greater Good Award Certification Task Force

2018 Greater Good Award - Certification Task Force

This dedicated group of P2 practitioners and IAP2 leaders have spent the last 6 years developing a professional certification program from the ground up.

This group of individuals collected international practitioner responses to help determine the essential capabilities a P2 professional should have to effectively design, implement, and evaluate public participation programs to develop an assessment program to test and verify that applicants have these core competencies. Meet the Certification Task Force Members (above right to left):

  • Wendy Lowe
  • Amelia Shaw (honorary award for support and coordination in the creation of this program)
  • Tina Geiselbrecht
  • Cassandra Hemphill
  • Debra Duerr
  • Ken Smith
  • Brenda Pichette (not in photo)


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