IAP2 USA was organized in 2010 as an affiliate of the International Association for Public Participation, serving the needs of P2 practitioners specific to the United States while maintaining the standards set by the worldwide Federation. IAP2 USA improves and supports the field by advancing and advocating for public participation that aligns with our Core Values and Code of Ethics. Learn more.

2017 North American Conference

P2 for a changing world ...what does this mean for you?


The events of the past twelve months have left many people in the public participation community wondering, "What is the future of the practice?" With the changes we’re seeing in the world today, what role does P2 play? Does it have any place at all?"

These are hard questions, and the Sixth Annual IAP2 North American Conference will be the place to address them and try to find the answers. This year is JAM-PACKED with three pre-conference workshops, more than 40 sessions, and a new addition: Pathways.


Pathways are designed to be "deep dives" into specific topics. Each three-hour discussions encourages participants to work co-create and co-host their workshop making this experience truly unique. Those taking part will be able to set the physical and intellectual environment where a small group of people can tackle big questions that ultimately contribute to the field. With Pathways, you can expect an experience that is in-the-moment, dynamic, engaging ... and demanding!

Are you with an organization that supports P2? Sponsoring the IAP2 North American Conference is a great way to get your corporate or organization message out to the P2 community and at the same time, demonstrate that you believe in the IAP2 principles. 

IAP2 June Webinar  Montreal Encore:
"Facilitation Matters"

June 13, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PDT)

Join us as we welcome Kate Bishop from the city of Guelph, Ontario, and Rebecca Sutherns of Sage Solutions as they share their expertise on creative approaches to town hall meetings. 

Increase the success of your face-to-face interactions through better design and facilitation. Join this interactive webinar. 

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Please also note: The two-stage process for signing up for webinars. The registration confirmation email you will receive contains a link to another web page. Please follow that link and fill in the form to receive your login information.

Registration is OPEN! Sign up for Online Training!

Online Training is up and running for 2017! Online training is an emerging service that we are offering. Our courses are designed to be engaging, challenging, and informational. 

We are excited to announce that we are expanding our education options by working with partner organizations to design courses reflecting emerging practice techniques and design ideas!

"Choosing the Right P2 Tools: Workshops, Surveys, & Tools - Oh, my!" - If you need to know how to select tools and techniques to fit your P2 process design, understand the huge impacts of tool choices on stakeholder participation, and learn how to ensure equity and inclusion, Choosing the Right P2 Tools - Workshops, Surveys, & Tours - Oh, My!" is the course for you!

"Participatory Budgeting: Real Money, Real Engagement" -We are three weeks away from offering the much anticpated co-produced course "Participatory Budgeting: Real Money, Real Engagement", featuring Maria Hadden from the Participatory Budgeting Project! Maria has years of facilitation and training experience, previously working as a mediator and a mediation trainer prior to taking on her role as Project Manager for the PB Project. 

Spaces are limited and we want YOU to be there with us! 


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National Dialogue:
Are we facing a P2 Crisis or Opportunity?

  • Is our country truly divided?
  • Can we still make good decisions together?
  • What is my role in this context?

The recent political climate has shone a light on the deep divides that seem to have created an unbreachable gap between Americans. This difficult situation may also provide a rare and crucial opportunity to showcase public participation’s role in bringing people together.

To facilitate a national dialogue, IAP2 USA has created a guide to help IAP2 chapters, members and friends host their own conversations in their own communities. This guide provides an event schedule and agenda, a review of the techniques used, and templates for everything from the invitation to event reporting. We will report back on what we have heard from around the country at our IAP2 North American Conference in Denver.

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Upcoming events

2017 North American Conference Scholarship

We want to make sure as many people as possible can participate in a conference on participation, so once again this year, we’re excited to offer scholarships. Full-time students, non-profit staff members, new community advocates and active members of AmeriCorps may apply to have their conference fee covered.

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Back by Popular Demand!

IAP2 USA is happy to co-sponsor this upcoming Webinar featuring the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority who will be online to talk about the nMotion Strategic Plan, an outstanding planning project that combined online and targeted face-to-face community engagement to involve over 15,000 community members to turn around a controversial project.

Choose a date that works best for you!

  • Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT, 10:00 - 11:00 am PDT
  • Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT, 10:00 - 11:00 am PDT
  • Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT, 10:00 - 11:00 am PDT
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