February 2021 Newsletter
From the Executive Manager's Desk - Gail Madziar
February Message: Gail Madziar, Executive Manager, IAP2 USA
An effective strategic plan helps set priorities, focus energy and resources, and strengthen operations. It can also ensure that everyone is working toward common goals.
Strategic planning can be defined as the process of establishing the direction or strategy of your organization and then making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue that direction. Effective strategic planning involves assessing both where you are and where you are going. It means setting measurable goals and outlining the action plans needed to reach them. In addition, it must provide opportunities to assess and adjust the organization's direction in response to a changing environment.
2021 Core Values Awards - Now Open for Submissions
IAP2 USA wants to recognize your achievements with our Core Values Awards. Apply for the 2021 IAP2 USA Awards
Being a Public Participation Practitioner is not for the faint of heart. It requires ingenuity, caring, and dedication.
Ingenuity in how to engage a diversity of stakeholders and the public in complex and sometimes high-stakes and high-emotion projects, plans and processes.
Caring in providing a safe and inclusive space where there is an opportunity to hear from and engage all voices including stakeholders, the public, decision-makers and the internal team.
Dedication to your communities, the P2 practice, and the greater good while upholding the IAP2 Core Values and the Code of Ethics.
Each year, IAP2 Affiliates around the world celebrate excellence in the profession through the IAP2 Core Values Awards. The awards go to projects and organizations which best demonstrate IAP2's Core Values and help to raise the bar in the field of public engagement by sharing best practices and inspiring the P2 community to learn from one another. The Core Values Awards encourage new approaches and innovative uses of existing ones.
The IAP2 USA Greater Good Award recognizes excellence achieved by individuals in the field of public participation in the United States. These individuals have been pioneers in the field, and helped shape it to become what it is today.
The IAP2 USA Greater Good - Emerging Leader Award has been created in recognition of emerging leadership. This award is for people who are under 35 and/or have fewer than five years in the practice and are making a new impact on the public participation profession.
Share your inspiring projects. Show us you have created positive change, built trust, and engaged your local community in public participation. Core Value Awards applications are due May 7, 2021.
Get Involved with your Local Chapter - 2021 Call for Volunteers
All of IAP2 USA's regional Chapters have opened a Call for Volunteers for 2021! Take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference in the local P2 community. If you're interested in growing personally or professionally while contributing to your organization, we have a place for you.
Contact information is listed on each Chapter webpage.
**Today is the last day to nominate yourself for a Midwest Chapter 2021 Board of Director's Position
2021 North American Virtual Conference: Registration Opens Soon
Mark your calendar for September 13 - 16 for the 2021 Virtual North American Conference
Looking for the premier conference for P2 professionals? Whether you are looking for the latest techniques or hot topics; how to improve your productivity; ways to increase your earning potential or find opportunities to network with your colleagues, you’ll discover it at this year’s event. Early bird registration opens next month.
Webniar Recordings - Available free to Members On-Demand
What do a superhero, a pop-up bar, and a mural all have in common? These are just a few of the creative initiatives executed by the Philadelphia Water Department which aim to inspire environmental stewardship, drive infrastructure investments with public input, and build trust for tap water among its customers. Learn how this municipal water utility is becoming more approachable than ever. Thanks to campaigns informed by community research -- including art installation and Philly's protector of water quality, Water Woman -- residents have been engaged in conversations about water quality and sustainability in historically underserved neighborhoods and beyond.
You'll learn how to:
Does your organization have a culture of P2? Is consulting the public “first and throughout” part of its makeup? Do you want to learn ways of bringing that culture into your organization? It takes commitment, persistence and patience: the Nova Scotia Health Authority took five years to build that culture. But the work paid off, both with the culture of P2 and in being named 2020 IAP2 Organization of the Year for both Canada and Internationally.
View these and other webinars in our Webinar Archives
Featured Course - Pinpointing Your Participation: Stronger Assessments and Better Evaluation
Trainer: Doug Zenn
Of all the tools in your Involvement toolbox, none are more important, and often overlooked, as much as assessment and evaluation. A strong assessment and continued evaluation will ensure that your participation program recognizes, and addresses stakeholder needs. This is particularly important on projects with high potential controversy, but can be used to improve any project. This class will strengthen your assessment skills and ensure that ongoing evaluations make your participation program adaptable and effective.
2021 APPAM Fall Research Conference
2021 Online Training Calendar
Mar 29 - Apr 1 - Strategies for Dealing with Opposition & Outrage in P2
Apr 12 - 22 - IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation
May 10 - 20 - IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation
June 7-17 - IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation
More Coming Soon
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