OUR MISSION: IAP2 USA advances public participation in the United States by providing its affiliate members with tools and information to conduct high-quality public participation processes, by providing government, industry, nonprofit organizations and participants with educational resources to increase the quality and value of their participation in such processes, and by advocating for quality public participation programs based on our Core Values and Code of Ethics.
The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) is an international association of members who seek to promote and improve the practice of public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions and other entities that affect the public interest in nations throughout the world. IAP2 carries out its mission by organizing and conducting activities to:
- Serve the learning needs of members through events, publications, and communication technology;
- Advocate for public participation throughout the world;
- Promote a results-oriented research agenda and use research to support educational and advocacy goals;
- Provide technical assistance to improve public participation.
MORE BACKGROUND: IAP2 is both a new and an old organization. The International Association for Public Participation originated over two decades ago in North America, comprising primarily
and Canadian members. Since then, the organization grew successfully to include members from many other countries, developed key concepts and tools for the practice of public participation, and created an internationally respected certificate training program in the field of public participation, that is now offered in English, Spanish and French.
The success of IAP2 was not without its growing pains. In particular, the increasingly international focus of the organization led to a loss of momentum and focus in countries such as the
where IAP2 began. It also became increasingly difficult for an administration located in one country to support and serve members around the far-flung globe. These circumstances led to a decision in 2010 to create a series of national or multinational affiliates, which, while still tied to the international organization, would be in a better position both to serve their members and to focus on public participation issues peculiar to each country’s laws, customs, language, and governance structure.