Good People

"When I took the Foundations training, we talked about how to reach populations who are difficult to reach, and we identified those populations, newcomers, people with limited English skills, over-worked people, new parents and asked what tools we could use to reach them." - Isis Lopez

Building Good Skills

To build a good practice takes time and tools. Join colleagues every month for IAP2's Learning Webinars to hear from practitioners like you making an impact on their community.

All webinars are recorded and accessible to members in the Webinar Archive. Start your P2 journey today!

A World of Good

Building a better world takes tenacity, skill, experience, wisdom, and compassion. Make sure that you're striking out into the world with the tools you need to be successful! 

When you join IAP2 USA, you join a community of Public Participation (P2) practitioners, you gain access to training unique to P2, and support from world class professionals.

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with members in 249 cities and 48 states

A Message to Our P2 Community

Dear IAP2 USA Members and Community,

We can’t talk about public input into public decisions without talking about tragedy of voices being silenced through the violence of racism and systemic biases that breach public trustThe killings of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, George Floyd in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and violence against so many others due to racism and its legacy have revealed to all there’s much work to be done. Racism and systemic biases are antithetical to all IAP2 USA stands for.

As an organization, we cannot stay silent and simply hope for a more equitable future. In this moment, we are affirming in a loud, unified, and clear voice that we stand with our black community to commit ourselves to hear and act on the call that there is significant work yet to be done. Diversity is our strength as a country and in our work, it creates stronger smarter decisions that put us in a better position for our collective challenges, now and into the future.

We are also taking specific actions to build an inclusive, equitable culture, not just within IAP2 but also within the various institutions and organizations that employ our members and support our communities. Current examples of this work include:

  • helping our Ambassadors share strategies, information, books and resources with community engagement professionals and the communities we both serve
  • proposing sessions at the upcoming conference of city managers about how our pillars can support facilitating crucial input to end practices that result in racially motivated actions and practices
  • designing new training on Diversity Equity and Inclusion, and
  • continuing to align our partnerships so that we can deliver support where it is most needed. 

Together just a year ago, we began a journey to prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion in our organizational culture and thought process. We thank our members for their leadership to catalyze this work. This is a journey that requires the full engagement of our hearts, minds, and voices to transform pains experienced far too long into inclusive solutions.

As we take action, we will share our steps. As you have ideas, we ask that you share them with us. And together, we will make this journey to creating a just and unbiased country together.


IAP2 USA Executive Committee on behalf of IAP2 USA Board of Directors

IAP2 USA Management team and staff

COVID-19 & P2 - IAP2 USA is here for you!

COVID-19, P2 and Managing With The “New Reality”

We know that your lives are being turned upside down. Plans that you have made are changing and it seems that every time you turn around there is something new being said. Feeling overwhelmed is an understatement! We're here to help.

Check out our online resources page for more information!

Upcoming Events

Join us this fall for our first virtual 2020 IAP2 North American Conference on September 8 - 11, 2020. You will leave the 2020 conference rejuvenated, and inspired by speakers, colleagues, and awe inspiring views. We hope you join us!

Registration is now open!

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Upcoming IAP2 Learning Webinars

July Learning Webinar: "How to ... " Expert Facilitation Using Zoom

Tuesday, July 14, 11am PDT / 2pm EDT

The restrictions on this profession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to be with us for some time, so we are excited to present this opportunity to learn about getting the most out of the Zoom platform. Join us July 14 as Dr Rebecca Sutherns shares her considerable expertise so you'll be able to prepare your participants to participate, ensure the process is truly accessible and actively engage your audience.


Back by popular demand: Join us to get a taste of tools and techniques from popular Skills Symposium courses on the 2020 Taster Series

These webinars give you live access to trainers, without leaving the office. 


Check the Calendar to develop your skills as a P2 professional! 

Professional Certification
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Core Values Awards
Celebrate Excellence in Public Participation — participate in the annual Core Values Awards program! 

Mentorship Program
Connects those new to the profession with experienced P2 practitioners.
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Student Services
Growing the next generation of P2 practitioners through the mentorship and student scholarship programs.

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