The best in public engagement projects for 2014 were celebrated in September at the 2014 IAP2 North American Conference in Winnipeg.
PROJECT OF THE YEAR
National Institute for Civil Discourse for the Creating Community Solutions Alliance
What the judges said: “… 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.”
RESEARCH PROJECT OF THE YEAR
What the judges said: “Leadership St. 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.”
PROJECT OF THE YEAR RUNNER-UP
Oregon Department of Transportation for the OTIA 3 Bridge Delivery Project
What the judges said: “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 WINNERS! Left to right: Chico Garcia, John Poynton & Laura McDonald (St Vrain Valley Schools, winners of IAP2 USA Research Project of the Year); David Plouffe (City of Calgary, Alberta, winner of IAP2 Canada Organization of the Year); Katie Hume, Saori Yamamoto, Barbara Greenlaw and Belinda Boyd (Vancouver (BC) Coastal Health - IAP2 Canada Project of the Year); (behind Saori and Barbara) Joel Mills; Dr Julia Abelson (IAP2 Canada Research Project of the Year); David Hovde;Anne Harding; Francesca Patricolo; Doug Zenn; Fiona Cavanagh and Michelle Chalifoux (City of Edmonton, Alberta/Centre for Public Involvement – Honorable Mention, IAP2 Canada Organization of the Year); Julia Balabanowicz (IAP2 Canada Judges’ representative).