A Celebration of Excellence in Public Participation:
The IAP2 USA Core Values Awards

What are the IAP2 Core Values Awards?

Each year, IAP2 affiliates around the world recognize leaders in the profession through the IAP2 Core Values Awards. The awards go to projects 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. 

Competition for the 2020 IAP2 USA Core Values Awards was some of the keenest to date, making for a challenge for the judges. The winners were announced at out first ever virtual Core Values Awards Celebration on 9/30/20.

Public participation is based on the belief that those who are affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision making process.

Congratulations 2020 Core Values Award Winners!

The 2020 IAP2 USA Core Values Awards were presented September 30th, 2020 at the first virtual Core Values Awards Celebration. 

2020 IAP2 USA Core Values Award Winners

Core Values Award: General Project

"Embracing Our Heritage; Enhancing Our Future: The Southside Community Specific Plan"

City of Flagstaff, AZ and Southside Community Association 

Sara Dechter, AICP CP3, Comprehensive Planning Manager City of Flagstaff

The holistic approach to engaging the entirety of this historic community, to celebrate the past and to co-design how they will look to the future, is the embodiment of meaningful public participation.

The judges also selected your entry to submit to compete against other IAP2 affiliate winners in the International Core Values Award Project of the Year to be announced later this year in Australia.

This program tackled a historically significant political and cultural issue affecting multiple ethnicities. When initial techniques did not elicit the kind and level of participation sought, they added and innovated techniques until the public participation objective of that phase was met before moving on to the next phase. Their robust partnering with community associations and their explicit attention to creating a plan that built in sustainable decision making and adaptation made this program an outstanding example of Public Participation. 

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IAP2 USA Diversity, Inclusion and Culture Core Values Award:

"Reconnecting past and future: Community engagement shapes redevelopment in Portland's Historic Old Town Chinatown"

by Prosper Portland & JLA Public Involvement.



Adrienne DeDona, Senior Program Manager, JLA Public Involvement 

Adrienne DeDona, Senior Program Manager, JLA Public Involvement 


Eric Jacobson, Project Manager for Block 25, Prosper Portland 


Bernie Kerosky, Project Manager for NW 4th and Burnside, Prosper Portland

This program took a strong focus on how past practice and bias can disenfranchise parts of our communities and this really gets to the heart of how we need to deal with inclusion in P2. The framing question “how can redevelopment planning provide an opportunity to rebuild relationships, reconnect cultural ties, and honor both the past and future?” is a clear embodiment of the intersection of public participation and social justice. The connection of stakeholder engagement and input to the selection of developers fully actuates the power of public participation. The variety of tools selected were focused and respectful of the range of interests that needed to be engaged and heard. Clear focus was placed on ensuring that all of the right voices were heard and respected in the project. The agency was committed and genuine in their intent and implementation of the project, they fully embraced the role of the public and the input they received.

The project identified its clear promises to the public and kept those promises making it a key example of a P2 project.

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Honorable Mention:

"Arizona Assumption of the Clean Water Act Section 404 Dredge and Fill Program"

From the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

Honorable mention goes to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in the Diversity, Inclusion and Culture Project of the Year - for their project entitled Arizona Assumption of the Clean Water Act Section 404 Dredge and Fill Program . It was refreshing to see a large governmental body to go through such a rigorous collaborative rule making process, to thoughtfully consider all input, and then decide not to go forward with the proposed change.  This decision showed they truly listened to the stakeholders. In addition it was an excellent example of engaging all relevant stakeholders in the decision process and demonstrating that the public isn’t necessarily only the citizen.  

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Erin Jordan, Ph.D., ADEQ Surface Water Quality Improvement Value Stream Manager

2019 IAP2 USA Core Values Award Judges

Cheryl Hilvert

Lewis Michaelson

Marty Rozelle

Doug Sarno

Cheryl Hilvert is a management and leadership consultant providing education and technical assistance for local governments on key management strategies designed to enhance organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Read more.

Lewis Michaelson is a past-president, life member, and licensed trainer for IAP2 and a member of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution Roster of Neutrals. Read more.

Dr. Marty Rozelle has 35 years of experience in public policy development, third-party facilitation, process design, and conflict resolution. Read more.

Doug Sarno is a Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3) and Licensed IAP2 trainer with over 30 years of experience in a wide range of disciplines that support participatory decision-making. Read more.


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