Member Newsletter
October 2014

IAP2 USA Member News: 
All the latest news from the 
International Association for Public Participation - USA

We hope you have had a great start to the Fall season! We are excited to present to you the Special Conference Edition of our newsletter series. Please take a moment to read up on all the exciting news coming directly from the conference! Also, feel free to sign up for upcoming opportunities to support our goals to create more effective p2. Remember: Don't wait, Participate! 

Best, IAP2 USA

From IAP2 USA Executive Manager, Amelia Shaw: 

Thank you to everyone that responded to the Membership Survey we  received a 20% response rate (double the average)!  We have been  listening.  This newsletter is just one of the ways we hope to meet some of  your expectations.  Information on the
Core Values Award winners and  our learning webinars will provide you with insight into some of the  USA’s best P2 practices – take the time to read about the winners’  projects and plan to join the webinars (please note that past webinars are available online).  An update on the 2014 North American Conference, an invitation to Portland 2015 and the conference videos remind you about the value of networking and learning from others.  The request for your thoughts on IAP2 USA’s draft Strategic Plan and to apply for the IAP2 Board reminds us that we are all in this together.  “We” can all be part of IAP2 USA and together we will and can make a difference.  

 IAP2 USA What's New!
    2014 NA Conference 

Core Values Award Winners announced at the IAP2 North American Conference: 

Congratulations! all of the winners of the 2014 Core Values Awards, which were presented at the IAP2 North American Conference last month in Winnipeg.  For the complete list and to read more about the recipients and their projects please visit the Core Values webpage.  

To entice you to click that link read what the judges have to say about the winners:

>> National Institute for Civil Discourse for the Creating Community Solutions Alliance: “… an excellent effort to draw in the population with mental health issues themselves - not just experts. ‘Text. Talk. Act.’ is an innovative texting platform that combines text messaging, social media and face-to-face dialogue to get young people talking about mental health and taking action to help their friends. To date, the initiative has engaged thousands of millennials in a conversation to help end the silence on mental health.”

>> St Vrain Valley School District for “Leadership St Vrain – Empowering Parents through P2” “LeadershipSt. Vrain represents the kind of original research the public participation field needs to demonstrate its value and impact moving forward. This research project … marks an important contribution to our empirical knowledge of the value of P2, not only within a school system, but to the field as a whole.”

>>Oregon Department of Transportation for the OTIA 3 Bridge Delivery Project  “The jury was impressed with the depth of ODOT's efforts to engage residents and stakeholders … to ensure that the community's values were reflected at every key decision point in the process … overcame previous community skepticism … [involved] an inclusive representation of stakeholders … The result is a bridge project that not only serves as an important piece of community infrastructure, but a significant landmark of community identity and pride.”


The 2014 IAP2 North American Conference

Close to 200 people participated in the recent IAP2 North American Conference in Winnipeg, Canada.  Note – IAP2 USA and IAP2 Canada take turns hosting the annual conference.  

Conference attendees tell us they came away re-charged and with a few “ah ha” moments thrown in. 

The following are some of their reflections from the conference:

“’Reflecting Forward,’ the event provided me with hopeful signs for the future of our field. There were many young professional participants who are not only hungry to grow in P2 work, but are already demonstrating new leadership – the future of our profession was well-represented. We also found inspiration in the Core Value Award winners, whose innovation and ability to open doors to new voices should provide us all with energy and direction in our future work. We found solidarity in the stories, the shared experiences of the conference, and in the host city – Winnipeg. For all the talk of the city’s cold climate, its residents exhibited a genuine warmth. Their generosity and hospitality will leave us with fond memories for years to come." -Joel Mills

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Save the Date 

for the 

2015 IAP2 North American conference 

in Portland, Oregon 

on Sept. 10 and 11

At last, you can justify a trip to Portlandia and rub shoulders with hundreds of P2 rock stars and peers as IAP2 USA, IAP2 Canada and the Cascade Chapter co-host the 2015 North American conference next September. The theme “What’s Brewing in P2” follows the Pacific Northwest’s reputation for coffee and brewpubs. And because IAP2 was born here in the early 1990s, we hope to see record runs of P2 practitioners returning like salmon to spawn. We promise a terrific conference that will deepen your P2 practice like no other. The Doubletree by Hilton at Lloyd Center in the heart of Portland is the conference hotel, just steps from the MAX light rail that connects to PDX airport to make it real easy for out-of-towners to get here and get around. If you’re not already jazzed about coming to Portland, which was #1 on the 2013 list of America’s 10 Best Cities, #1 for movie lovers, #2 nerdiest, #4 funniest, most steampunk and food lovers meccas (take that SLC!), take a peek at the videos. We’ll see you in Portland!

Finding Portland

The Portland Song by Jewel


Volunteers Wanted - If you’d like to help with the conference, especially snagging great presenters and sponsors, please contact Jeanna Hall at or Tim Hall at Look for the Call for Presenters after the first of the year.




Ashley Trim is the Research Coordinator at the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University.  Her IAP2 Talks presentation at the 2013 North American conference reported on two comprehensive, statewide surveys and the implications for local officials.  She focused on how governments, community leaders, and community foundations can work together to overcome these obstacles and build a greater capacity for engagement and collaboration. 


Stephani Roy McCallum, Dialogue Partners, challenges IAP2 members to consider how our traditional approaches might actually contribute to declining civility.  She describes how she has come to that conclusion and urges us to adapt our thinking and advocate for civil discourse.

 IAP2 USA Board Nominations 
     Certification Updates 

Consider becoming an IAP2 USA Board member

IAP2 USA needs you.  Are you interested in advancing public participation in the US?  Do you want to help other passionate P2 professionals improve their work?

IAP2 USA is about helping one another, and that starts with a strong Board of Directors.  Nominations are now open. 

For more information on what is needed and what could be required of you please take a look at theNominations Information Package.

In particular, the following skills or experience are needed:

  • ·       Financial management
  • ·       Communications
  • ·       Strategic marketing
  • ·       Collaboration and Outreach
  • ·       Governance and administration
  • ·       International relations (IAP2 experience required)

We hope that you will consider becoming a Board member.  It can be a very rewarding experience.  To nominate yourself please fill in the followingnomination form and send to  – subject heading “Nomination Application”.

For more information contact, David Hovde, Chair, Nominations Committee or Amelia Shaw, Executive Manager, IAP2 USA at

Deadline for applications is Friday, November 7th.  Elections (if required) start November 17th.


What is happening with the Certification Process?

In June, we asked for your input on what criteria define professional standards for a P2 practitioner: what knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, skills, and capabilities do you believe professionals need to design and implement quality public participation programs? We received more than 1,000 comments.

Over the summer, the IAP2 Task Force on Certification developed a draft set of core competencies, which was presented as a conversation starter at the 2014 IAP2 North American Conference in September. That conversation is still going on: click here to take part.

Now, we're coming back to you to see if we're on the right track. Please join us on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 2pm Eastern time (11am Pacific) for this live, interactive webinar with members of the Task Force to give your opinions and offer new ideas.  

Please click here to register for this webinar.

  New Training Opportunities       IAP2's Strategic Plan

IAP2 USA has is now co-hosting the IAP2 Foundations Training course.  

If your organization is interested in co-hosting the Foundations training with IAP2 USA please contact our new part time Training Coordinator, Jennifer Nelson.  


IAP2 USA’s draft Strategic Plan - Did we get it right? 

In our recent membership survey, IAP2 USA received more than a 100 responses to the questions about what should be included in our Strategic Plan – thank-you.  During the recent face to face meeting in September the Board considered all of these comments as they worked together to complete a draft Strategic Plan for your review.

The following survey includes the draft vision, mission, goals and strategies.  Please take a look and let us know if we got it right. It should only take about five minutes to complete and your response is important to us.  As well, let us know if you want to be a part of turning this plan into action.  Deadline for response in November 5th.

Upcoming Events       ToP Gathering 2015
IAP2 USA's Strategic Plan- Contribute Today! 
Now-November 5, 2014
Survey Monkey link 

IAP2 USA Board: Accepting Nominations
Now-November 7, 2014
Online Nomination Form 

November Webinar: Core Competencies 
November 18, 2014
Online Webinar

EOP2 Training 
December 4-5, 2014
Chicago, IL

December Webinar
December 9, 2014
Online Webinar

Building Together for Action: 2015
January 9-12, 2015
Aurora, CO 

Stay tuned for more events! 

ToP Gathering 2015 in Colorado:

You’ve learned about Technology of Participation (ToP) methods.  Now come be a part of incorporating ToP methods into the IAP2 decision making process!  At the ToP Network Gathering 2015 in Colorado, ToP facilitators will begin a journey of designing customized ToP methods to support the IAP2 decision making process.  The ToP Network Gathering is the perfect place for IAP2 and ToP practitioners to fuse their skills and talents.  IAP2 and ToP…it’s the ideal partnership for creating an environment where people can have a meaningful say in their lives.

To learn more about the gathering click here orread the brochure. 

 Get Engaged      Online Resources

Social Media 101

Twitter Basics:

140 = Your tweet. Bite-sized. 140 characters of space to type your message. Be short and to the point.

# = People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search.


Links = Help describe the corresponding text. With only 140 characters to tweet, it is essential to have tiny links or URLs.


Tiny Links = Common 3rd party link shorteners are and


Time To Share = Mornings and evenings are best.  Do not share between 6-8am and 4-7pm (commuting times).  


When To Share = Define your interests and update 1-3x a day!


What To Share = Post Photos, Post Links to Articles, Ask Questions, Post Helpful Hints


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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,  non-profit 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. Learn more about us here                          



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