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Do you have what it takes to become a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3)?

Knowing and showing that you provide quality P2 is key in today’s marketplace. Certification is your way to do so. If you have taken the IAP2 Foundations course (formerly the Certificate training), have experience delivering good P2, and are ready to have your work assessed by a panel of your professional peers, then it is time to get certified.

Why get certified? Certification moves your career forward. With certification, your services and the profession has greater value to clients:

  • Gives you an edge over your competition
  • Demonstrates to clients and colleagues the value you bring as a Certified Professional
  • Builds the credibility and profile of our profession and IAP2 so that clients are more willing to invest in the services
  • Validates and documents that you have the skills and abilities to be a Certified Professional
  • Validates the efforts you have made in your career to provide value to clients
  • Shows that you meet internationally recognized standards
  • Demonstrates a willingness to invest in your own development and commitment to the field to reinforce a culture of quality

Now that you are interested the next steps are:

For more information please visit the website or contact Amelia at ameliaiap2usa@gmail.com.

The time is right for you to become a Certified Public Participation Professional

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It’s time to recognize your P2 initiatives. Apply for the 2019 IAP2 USA Awards

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Being a Public Participation Practitioner is not for the faint of heart. It requires ingenuity, caring, and dedication.

  • Ingenuity in how to engage a diversity of stakeholders and the public in complex and sometimes high-stakes and high-emotion projects, plans and/or processes
  • Caring in providing a safe and inclusive space where there is an opportunity to hear from and engage ALL voices including stakeholders, the public, decision-makers and the internal team.
  • Dedication to your communities, the P2 practice… and the greater good. Upholding the IAP2 Core Values and the Code of Ethics.

It is TIME for you or your organization to SHINE – so apply for:

  • The IAP2 USA 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.
  • The IAP2 USA Greater Good Award recognizes excellence achieved by individuals in the field of public participation in the United States. These individuals have been pioneers in the field, and helped shape it to become what it is today.
  • The IAP2 USA Greater Good – Emerging Leader Award has been created in recognition of emerging leadership. This award is for people who are under 35 and/or have fewer than five years in the practice and are making a new impact on the public participation profession.

We cannot wait to see what inspiring projects you have been working on, and individuals you have worked with, to create positive change, build trust, and engage your local community in public participation! All applications are due Friday, May 3, 2019.

       

Introducing IAP2 USA’s new Executive Team

Celebrating International Women's Day by celebrating our IAP2 USA Women of the Board

If they were a band, they’re ready to rock and roll. If a jazz quintet, they’re ready to riff a five part harmony. And since its International Women’s Day, if they were Aretha Franklin, they’d say everything boils down to just this one word –

Respect – for everyone, everywhere.

Friday, March 8th is International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating these five women of IAP2 USA 2019 Executive Committee — Cathy Smith, Traci Ethridge, Lisa Carlson, Gwen Happ and Tina Geiselbrecht.

Catherine Smith - President Traci Ethridge - Vice-President Lisa Carlson - Treasurer
Gwen Happ - Secretary Tina Geiselbrecht - Succession Planning

These five took on the roles of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Succession Planning, respectively. In addition to giving us their leadership, they also represent the full width of the country with Cathy at the far western-edge’s beaches of San Diego, California, Gwen and Lisa in the mountains of Colorado, Tina in the heartland and musicland of Texas, and Traci at the east coast hub of commerce in North Carolina.

These five are already making a difference together to IAP2 USA’s efforts to provide our members with the professional development, networking opportunities, and a home for the professions that they value. Earlier this month, they helped establish and launch this year’s National Dialogue Theme around Core Values #1 and 4 in regard to social equity, diversity and inclusion. Traci stepped up last year and is continuing on this year in leading the preparations for the 2019 National Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. And Tina has helped to build momentum for a new chapter — the Lone Star Chapter—which officially filed its papers with the IAP2 USA in February this year. They are working with other IAP2 USA Board members on international and regional efforts to continually strengthen the organization and the value it delivers to its members.

Currently, they are leading the Board’s efforts to: expand the presence of IAP2 USA throughout the country, expand its services, and expand philanthropy that supports the organization. All these efforts are with the vision of supporting our members and making quality public participation a cultural norm. Our Ambassador Program, our emerging chapters, and services in the form of webinars, conferences, symposium, and conferences, are all outgrowths of this vision.

Leah Jaramillo - Past-PresidentThese five also want to deliver a special thank you to Leah Jaramillo for her leadership over the past three years as the organization’s President and to all the members of the Board, the chapter leaders, and each individual member. They know everyone involved works every day across the country on important projects, programs and policies of all sizes and shapes that help people make crucial decisions together about water, energy, land use, transportation, public health, education, economic development. They couldn’t be happier or more ready to represent the core values, ethics and efforts of the organization and all of its members.

IAP2 USA is pleased to be
PURSUING THE GREATER GOOD; GOOD DECISIONS MADE TOGETHER

The 2019 IAP2 Core Values Awards: apply now!

 

THE IAP2 CORE VALUES AWARDS:
On your marks … get set … APPLY!

Have you worked on a P2 project that’s broken new ground, or maybe broken a few rules? Has it been effective in bringing together many voices and ensuring that people’s views are being considered? Did it exemplify the IAP2 Core Values?

Deadline for Conference session proposals – February 21st.

2019 North American Conference

No time to lose! Submit your session proposal now

How do you leverage P2 to create thriving communities? Do you have an angle, a technique or an experience that could benefit others in their practice? The time is now to submit your session proposal for the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference.

What kind of communities thrive better with P2? Practically any kind: some communities are connected to a specific place or region, while others are connected through a shared task or purpose. For example, our P2 communities meet human and societal needs for infrastructure, transportation, energy, health, public safety, education, technology and more.

There are opportunities for 60-minute sessions or 90-minute sessions, as well as “poster sessions”, but don’t delay! Read the Call for Session Proposals first and fill out the Application Form here and submit it by the deadline, Thursday, February 21, 2019.

north american conference app previewAnd have you checked out the opportunities to sponsor this year’s Conference? We’re excited to offer some new ways to get news of your P2-related product or service in front of hundreds of practitioners from around the world at once. Sponsoring the Conference also demonstrates your company’s or organization’s commitment to meaningful engagement with the public. Read our Sponsorship Package to learn about the benefits of sponsorship. Download the application to get started today!

Intermountain Chapter Update!

Hello IAP2 Members & Friends!

We have some exciting events coming up that we wanted to spread the word about:

Networking Breakfast with IAP2 USA Board Member Jay Vincent: February 13th, 8-9:30 a.m.

Jay leads Outreach Experts and does policy and public engagement on a variety of projects, including those in the energy sector. He developed the most recent National Dialogue theme and is coming to speak with the students at UVU. This breakfast is a great opportunity to understand what’s happening on the national scale and network with Jay. The breakfast will be at Market Street and we can accommodate up to 20 people. If there is more interest, I’ll find a bigger space. Attendees will buy their own breakfasts. RSVP to Stacee if you can attend. Jay Vincent Bio

2019 National Dialogue: February 20th, 5-7 p.m., at Utah Valley University

We’ll have quite a few students participating in this discussion and I would love to see a mix of practitioners in our fields and others that you think are applicable. Please share the flyerregistration link, and/or Facebook invite. Registration is required and the event is capped at 100 people. The event is free and refreshments will be served. We hope to see you all there!

Chapter Update: 

Officer elections are now complete and we are proud to announce the new IAP2 Intermountain Chapter Board!

Stacee Adams, President

David Jones, Vice President

Wendy Green Lowe, Treasurer

Mia Caselli, Communications Chair

Duke Richardson, Secretary

Kenya Rene, Utah State Rep.

Kammie McClintock, Idaho State Rep.

Cassie Hemphill, Montana State Rep.

Beau Hunter, Past President

Stay tuned for more about the newly elected board in an upcoming IAP2 Intermountain Newsletter!

Have a great week!

IAP2 Intermountain Chapter

The Skills Symposium: last day to register is February 21st.

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The cutoff date is less than 10 days away for the 2019 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium (Feb. 25 – March 1, Austin, Texas), and you really don’t want to miss this! The opportunity comes but once a year, to learn about aspects of the P2 profession that you don’t get anywhere else.

Do you have to engage a lot of people in a relatively short time-frame? Large Scale Engagement Techniques examines three popular methods for large-scale, dialogue-based public participation on public policy issues: the 21st-Century Town Hall, Deliberative Polling, and Citizen Juries. Each process helps participants learn about an issue, create space for in-depth deliberation and generate detailed feedback on public policy options.

How do you get people’s attention so you can move past the “usual suspects” and “same voices singing the same song”? Meaningful Tools, Powerful Outcomes promises some new techniques for bringing more people into the conversation. You’ll learn how best to use Socratic Circle, PhotoVoice and Ideas Fair, and you’ll walk away with new excitement and motivation to try something different.

And do you have a tried-and-true method for determining whether your P2 process “worked”? In Evaluating and Measuring P2, you’ll learn about theories and practical strategies to help you evaluate your public participation efforts. You’ll get a chance to apply foundational tools like logic models, examine the differences between process and impact evaluation, and review the components of an evaluation plan.

And there’s still some room in our other courses, too! Check out the Schedule-at-a-Glance and register by February 21.

See y’all in Texas!

Unprecedented Explosion of Emerging Chapters

Wendy Nowak

When Orange County gained Emerging Chapter status this past September, it was the first new chapter in IAP2 USA since Greater Los Angeles started in 2015. The new emerging chapter, led by Wendy Nowak, Principal at Placeworks, is one of twelve regions where IAP2 USA members expressed interest in becoming individual chapters in 2018.

The regions where practitioners are expressing interest in Chapter formation include: D.C. – Baltimore Maryland, Upstate New York-Northeast, North Carolina, Greater Atlanta (Georgia), Tennessee, Indiana, Nebraska, Texas, Hawaii and in California: Orange County, Sacramento, and San Francisco – Oakland.

President’s Message: Leah Jaramillo

Leah Jaramillo, CP3

Ten years ago, I became an IAP2 member, like many of you, after completing Foundations training. As I reflect back on the end of my third year as President, which is my sixth and final year on the IAP2 USA Board of Directors, it is safe to say that many things have changed in the past decade.

IAP2 has certainly changed and I am proud to have had the privilege of working with so many of you to help it blossom. Since I joined the board, our membership has more than tripled, three new chapters have formed and several more are on their way. New programs including the Skills Symposium, National Dialogue, online trainings, the Ambassador Program and the Taster Series have all gained traction and are providing new ways to connect IAP2 members and colleagues. I’ve been proud to work with IAP2 leaders across the country and internationally to assist in taking these ideas from concepts to real opportunities for individual and organizational growth. Of course, the majority of this work has been done by our amazing IAP2 USA volunteers and staff, who deserve many thanks for their dedication and hard work.

In retrospect, I can say that, as an organization, we’ve grown more than I expected and are providing more offerings than I thought possible with a primarily volunteer base. This is perhaps even more noteworthy given that the current political climate in the US has not done much to support opportunities for public participation, engagement and civility. In these uncertain times, dialogue and engagement strike me as evermore critical. And so, it becomes that much more important that IAP2 USA and all our members – practitioners and process owners alike – help facilitate good P2, good process and get engaged in issues that matter.

I hope that you will all consider getting involved in the programs IAP2 USA has to offer and continue to pursue the greater good: good decisions made together in the US!

It has truly been inspiring to connect with practitioners around the world to learn from their best practices and also to channel our passion for the practice into action for the organization. Perhaps best of all has been the opportunity to build new friendships and mentorships with my peers. With that said, I am extremely pleased to welcome three new and two returning members to the IAP2 USA Board and can’t wait to see what the next decade brings for the organization.  Thank you for the continued experiences, opportunities and growth this leadership position has offered me.

It was my pleasure to serve.

Leah

Webinar Rewind – December 2018 / January 2019

December – Digital Engagement Roundtable

In December, we presented our annual look at digital engagement, with representatives of the organizations that took part in the Technology Forum at the 2018 North American Conference. Patrick Grégoire (Boréalis), Joseph Thornley (76engage), Anna Hauskins (Social Pinpoint) and Colin Ellis (Bang the Table) shared their views on hot-button topics like security and anonymity, and more complex issues like “trusting” online engagement when a decision involves many layers of stakeholders.

January – Diversity and Inclusion in P2

The January webinar brought together two IAP2 Core Values Award winners — both of whom won for “Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture”.

In Surrey, British Columbia’s second-most-populous city, MODUS Planning, Design and Engagement and the City of Surrey worked together on a revamp of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Strategic Plan. Surrey’s demographic makeup consists of a broad range of ethnic, language and culture groups, including a large proportion of Indigenous Canadians and first- and second-generation Canadians.

iap2 webinar - surrey prc engagementPast engagement efforts did not reflect the diversity of the community, and some felt the previous plan did not balance the full range of needs and interests so there was skepticism at the start about the new plan. The process involved reaching out to key community leaders early, to determine who needed to be engaged, and why and how, and using multilingual ambassadors to meet the people in their place. All forms of media spread the word and the City committed to reporting back often, so people were kept informed. This project also brought a change in thinking – and terminology. Rather than talk about the “hard-to-reach” people, Surrey and MODUS started referring to the “seldom-heard”.

Have you ever considered paying stakeholders and community organizations to take part in your P2 process? That was part of the strategy used when TriMet, the transportation authority serving the Portland, Oregon, region, developed its long-range bus expansion strategy.

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While staff had conducted extensive interviews with people, it was felt that they were still missing input from historically underrepresented sectors. JLA Public Involvement was brought in to develop a more focused outreach strategy to reduce barriers to input and develop more inclusive engagement practices. In short, compensating community-based organizations (CBOs) for their time and effort in bringing people to the table lifted them from being participants to being partners, with a stake in the process.

IAP2 members can watch the webinar and learn more about the way these two projects became award-winners here.

Midwest Chapter: Meet us in St. Louis May 16 – 17

Save the date! Spring Chapter Conference May 16 – 17, 2019.  More details will be shared soon, but we plan to begin mid-day on Thursday, May 16th and end late afternoon on Friday, May 17th.

St. Louis, here we come! The Chapter board has selected the grand “gateway city” for our spring 2019 regional conference. Whether you’re a local, frequent visitor, or completely unfamiliar with this community, consider spending the weekend (or longer!) exploring this amazing city. And to ensure a great conference, email to join the committee and make it happen! Stay tuned for dates, and program information.