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 recognize leaders 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. The 2017 winning entries will be recognized at the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference in Denver, Colorado.

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

IAP2 USA also offers three National Awards, which will move on to compete internationally at the IAP2 Federation Core Values Awards:

National Awards

  • Project of the Year Award

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

The winners in each category of the Awards were announced at the Core Values Awards Gala Dinner at the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference in Denver, Colorado on Thursday, September 7, 2017. The International Awards are to be judged in August and the winners will be announced in the fall.

Application Process

Application for 2017 is CLOSED. Application will re-open in February of 2018 for the 2018 Core Values Awards!

Download and use the 2017 Applicant’s Kit to view requirements. 

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

2017 Organization of the Year
"POETS" - Public Outreach and Engagement Team Strategy
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Organisation of the year

Right to Left: Candace Sue, SFMTA Director, Communications and Marketing; Deanna Desedas, Public Outreach and Engagement Manager

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What the judges said:

  • “Public outrage was turned into public participation when leaders decided they could no longer do “business as usual” and must involve the public in a consistent manner across all projects ….”
  • “The principles of “requirements”, “resources”, and “recognition” provide great ways to ensure consistent public participation practices; staff at all levels have the skills to plan and implement projects; and appropriate recognition is provided and successes are celebrated.”

2017 Project of the Year Award &
2017 Respect for Diversity, Inclusion & Culture Award

“From Skepticism to Engagement: One Community’s Journey”
Mental Health Center of Denver - The Dahlia Project

Organisation of the year

Right to Left: Amanda Trosten-Bloom, Principal, Rocky Mountain Center for Positive Change; Dr Carl Clark, CEO, Mental Health Center of Denver; Dr Lydia Prado, Vice-President, Child and Family Services, MCHD; Leah Jaramillo, IAP2 USA President

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What the judges said:

  • “This project has an inspirational quality the judges look for in Core Values Award winners. The fact that the techniques were carried out by non-practitioners points out that Core Values are basically human values that trade off of sincerity, humility and honest intent more than specialized processes.”
  • “Very obvious that they were listening and then they acted on what they heard.”
  • “very holistic and encompassing approach to building relationships with community … ‘listening sessions’ were a distinct tactic to gather and gain the trust of the community.”

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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