IAP2 USA Core Values Awards

A Celebration of Excellence in Public Participation


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.

What are the IAP2 Core Values Awards?

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. As a friendly competition, the Core Values Awards encourage new approaches and innovative uses of existing ones.

Each year winners of the "national" awards (see below) go on to compete against winners from other IAP2 affiliates from around the world.

National Awards

  • Project of the Year Award

  • Organization of the Year Award
  • Research Project of the Year Award

Project Awards

  • General Project Award – This award will be given to the project that best reflects excellence in the tools, techniques and efforts in public participation and demonstrates the use of all the Core Values within a defined project.

  • Creativity and Innovation Award – This award will be given to the project that best demonstrates innovative, creative use of techniques and tools to effectively and meaningfully engage participants in a project. Judges will look for a robust project or process that stands out because it is unique, with a series of innovations that can serve as a model for others.

  • Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture Award – This award will be given to the project that best demonstrates one or more of the following:
    — Effective engagement of marginalized, vulnerable and “hard to reach” populations
    — A multicultural, linguistically diverse and/or bilingual process that reflect a depth and diversity of participants
    — Size, scope and scale of project that incorporates areas that are remote, rural or vast
    — Culturally appropriate and inclusive processes with Indigenous people and/or communities
    — Projects that resulted in positive social outcomes with limited budget and/or resources in such a project

The National Award for Overall Project of the Year is chosen from the winners of these Project Awards.

    The winners in each category of the Awards will be announced at the Core Values Awards Gala Dinner at the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Application Process

    Applications for the 2018 Core Values Awards are now closed. Start preparing for the 2019 Application period by reviewing the 2018 Applicant kit to review requirements. The application period will open up in February of 2019.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions: ameliaiap2usa@gmail.com

    Learn from the best of the best!
    IAP2 USA Core Values Awards Winners, 2014 - 2017

    Core Values Awards Around the World!
    Read about winners from other countries, from past years, in the IAP2 Federation Showcase!


    Marty Rozelle & Lewis Michaelson on the Core Values Awards


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