IAP2 USA August/September 2022 Newsletter

From the Executive Manager - Erin Zimmermann

My first job working for a nonprofit organization involved managing a board development training program that paired interested volunteers with board opportunities throughout the community. 

I learned that serving on a board is one of the most impactful opportunities around. And yet, many people do not fully understand what the role involves, especially because each organization is so different. 

At IAP2 USA, our board is composed of diverse, talented, passionate, and thoughtful members from across the country who are deeply committed to strengthening the organization's future through their collaborative leadership. It is a joy to get to work alongside this team and I invite you to consider this opportunity.

Nominations are open! To nominate yourself please fill in the Nomination form and send to Erin@iap2usa.org – subject heading “Nomination Application” by Thursday, Sept. 22nd. For additional information review the Nominations Information Package.

We are also looking for committee volunteers to help support the North American Conference in Seattle in 2023. Learn more

Erin Zimmermann, 

Executive Manager


IAP2 USA is Accepting Nominations for our Board of Directors until September 22, 2022

IAP2 USA is looking for new leaders.

Help set the direction of your expanding organization by nominating yourself or a colleague for board service. We are looking for candidates with a variety of professional expertise, cultural backgrounds, spectrum of life experiences, and geographic reach. This year’s board needs visionary and enthusiastic leaders intent on guiding the organization into the future.

By serving on the IAP2 USA board of directors you will not only give back to your profession, you will develop leadership skills, and increase your knowledge and passion for the public participation practice.

Consider becoming a Board member. To nominate yourself please fill in the Nomination form and send to Erin@iap2usa.org – subject heading “Nomination Application”.

For additional information review the Nominations Information Package.

For questions contact Erin Zimmermann Executive Manager, IAP2 USA at Erin@iap2usa.org or Claudia Bilotto, Chair, Nominations Committee

2023 North American Conference Committee Volunteers Needed!

IAP2 is looking for interested volunteers to help plan the 2023 North American Conference in Seattle in 2023. We are thrilled to be able to host an in-person Conference and are looking for volunteers to help make it the best IAP2 North American Conference yet. 

Each year the North American Conference attracts hundreds of public participation leaders from all levels of government, private industry, education, environment, health, transportation, academia, and community-based organizations within the nonprofit sector from across North America and around the world.

Volunteer Descriptions: 

Steering Committee

Chair and Co-Chair

Sponsorship Committee

Program Committee

Fun Committee

Deadline: Send your Expressions of Interest application 

by September 29, 2022. The IAP2 USA staff will review submissions and may contact you for additional information.

Apply by 9/29

Chapter Events - IAP2 USA Cascade Chapter

Join us for IAP2’s acclaimed foundations training In Portland, Oregon – In Person!

Training dates: September 28, 29, 30 (Planning Course) + October 3, 4 (Techniques Course)

The Cascade Chapter (Oregon and Southwest Washington) is hosting its first in-person training in nearly three years. You don’t have to be a Cascade Chapter member to participate Join us for some of the nicest weather of the year in Portland. The training will be held in the heart of Portland and features a chapter event and social on Thursday evening.

Complementary transit passes available and lodging recommendations.

If you have been meaning to complete the Foundations in Public Participation Certificate Program please consider joining your local Cascade Chapter community here this fall. 


Become a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) 

Certification as a Public Participation professional acknowledges your adherence to a strict set of standards recognized around the world for delivering quality, meaningful public participation. It is the premier credential for public participation professionals. 

An Assessment Center is now scheduled for February 24 & 25, 2023 with an application deadline of October 28, 2022.

To join a select number of colleagues a three-step process is used to assess candidates’ knowledge and skills:

  • Step One – Submit your Application and Professional Portfolio to to info@iap2usa.org.
  • Step Two – Preparation and submission of a Public Participation Plan in response to a case study

  • Step Three – Preparation for and participation in an Assessment Center.

Prepare your CP3 application form and email to info@iap2usa.org

Apply by October 28
2022 IAP2 North American Conference - Last Chance to Register

After more than two years of online events, the 2022 IAP2 North American Conference Sept. 14 - 16 in Banff, Alberta, September 14 - 16, 2022 at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity

This year’s Conference theme, “Connecting with Purpose” is about connecting with the P2 community to achieve diverse representation.

    Two social champions, Shalini Sinha and Steve Mesler, who take to heart connecting with different communities and audiences, will inspire you at the 2022 IAP2 North American Conference, September 14 - 16 in Banff, AB.

    Check out our schedule-at-a-glance or find out more details about:

    • Our Keynotes!
    • Workshop and field trip descriptions for September 14 
    • Session (60 & 90 minutes) and poster-presentation descriptions for September 15 
    • Session (60 & 90 minutes) and poster-presentation descriptions for September 16 

    If you have any questions, please contact info@iap2canada.ca


    Featured Course: Stakeholder Mapping: Identifying and Analyzing Underrepresented Stakeholders

    Trainer: Anne Carroll

    September 29, 2022

    11:00 am - 3:30 pm Eastern

    This course introduces a powerful, transparent process to identify and analyze key stakeholders for any engagement project – a critical step in an ethical and equity-centered engagement design. After understanding the theory and purpose, participants use short cases to practice stakeholder mapping. They learn how to identify and analyze the full spectrum of stakeholders, with special emphasis on underrepresented stakeholders who need additional outreach/support to ensure inclusive engagement. For each case, the group learns how to “clean” and finalize the map, and then discusses implementation challenges and how to overcome them.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Challenge: Design and implement equity-centered engagement processes for increasingly diverse communities 
    • Critical to success: Robust and comprehensive stakeholder identification and analysis (“stakeholder mapping”)
    • Course combines theory, practice, instructions, templates
    • Participants leave ready to conduct thorough, defensible stakeholder mapping that identifies underrepresented stakeholders, and use the results to plan and successfully implement inclusive engagement 

      Participants receive:

      • Detailed stakeholder mapping instructions 
      • Stakeholder mapping templates and examples 
      • Complete course content and notetaking document

            September Webinar -  Register Today

            September 28 Webinar - Digital Public Participation: Practice Challenges and Opportunities

            The highly popular Digital Discovery Series with civic engagement specialist Susanna Haas Lyons returns with this free webinar. This research offers support for engagement practitioners looking to leverage the potential of digital tools. Hear about key considerations for high quality digital engagement. Discover digital tools according to the degree of public involvement. Reflect together on the constantly changing context of digital P2. 


            Webinar Recordings -  Available free to Members On-Demand

            All of our past webinars are available to members who are logged into iap2usa.org. Just click here and you will be prompted to login to the Webinar Archives.

            August 9 (Learning Webinar) NAC Encore - Is Equitable Engagement Possible in a Virtual World

            We've seen a variety of innovative virtual tools rise to the fore during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's allowed important civic projects and public engagement to move forward despite the shuttering of all in-person gatherings across the US and the world. These tools have made engagement more accessible, but is it enough? Is equitable engagement possible in an increasingly virtual world? This session will reflect on the challenges and inequities that the pandemic has more acutely exposed in public participation practice, share ideas for reframing equitable engagement towards long-term resiliency, and lessons learned from public projects that put partnerships and relationship-building at its core.

            More Webinar Recordings

            2022 Training Calendar

            Self Paced - Riding the Storm: Bravely Leading in Times of Polarization and Disruption

            Sep 14 - 16 - 2022 North American Virtual Conference

            Sep 28 -Oct 4 -  IAP2 Cascade Chapter Presents - IAP2 Foundations in P2: Planning and Techniques for Effective Public Participation In-Person

            Sep 29 - Stakeholder Mapping: Identifying and Analyzing Underrepresented Stakeholders

            Oct 5 & 6 - Leading Productive Groups in Public Participation

            Oct 11, 13, 18, 20  - Online P2: How to Design and Host Effective Digital Public Engagement

            Oct 17 - 20 - Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation

            Oct 19 - Digital Discovery Workshop 1: Facebook for Public Participation

            Oct 25 - Hybrid How To: Design Engaging Hybrid Workshops and Events

            Oct 26 - Techniques for High Emotion & Controversy in P2 Workshop

            Oct 31 - Nov 10 - Foundations in Public Participation

            Nov 1 & 2 - Engaging Immigrants and Other Under-Served Communities in Public Engagement

            Nov 7 - 11 - Foundations in Public Participation: Planning for Effective Public Participation

            Nov 14 - 17 - Foundations in Public Participation: Techniques for Effective Public Participation

            Nov. 30 - Digital Discovery Workshop 2: Making Simple and Engaging Video

            Dec 5 - 15 - Foundations in Public Participation

            Dec 8 - Design Engaging Virtual Workshops and Events


            Jan 18 & 19 - Participation Across Differences

            Jan 25 - Digital Discovery Workshop 3: Collaborating During Hybrid Public Engagement

            Feb 22 - Digital Discovery Workshop 4: Enhancing Digital Accessibility - Sight, Sound and More

            Mar 29 - Digital Discovery Workshop 5: Measuring and Managing Social Media for Public Participation

            Apr 26 - Digital Discovery Workshop 6: Beyond Zoom and Teams - Interactive Video Meeting Tools

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