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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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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.

2019 Skills Symposium Banner

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.


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.


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.

Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting to be Held February 22

The IAP2 USA Midwest Chapter will hold our Annual General Meeting on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Noon Central time. In this 30-minute teleconference, we will review the 2018 Annual Report and financials, answer your questions, and provide a quick preview of upcoming Chapter activities and opportunities to get involved.

All Midwest Chapter members are welcome and encouraged to attend, so stay tuned for more information via email and on the Chapter website.

So you think you’re certifiable? Five tips for becoming a CP3

Jessica Delany, CP3

It’s that time of year… work planning and professional development planning. Maybe you’re thinking that becoming a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) is in the cards for you in 2019. Here are some insights and tips from people who went through the process in 2017.

This is a relatively new professional designation, aimed at certifying those individuals with in-depth experience and expertise in planning, implementing, reporting on and evaluating public engagement processes. Public engagement has become increasingly sophisticated over the past decade, and IAP2 has worked hard to develop a  rigorous process that accredits and recognizes the evolution of the profession.

For detailed information about the CP3 process, please visit: https://iap2usa.org/certification

For five tips from people who have gone through the certification process, read on.

  1. Fully understand the whole process

If you are thinking of becoming a CP3, don’t just skim over the accreditation process – really read it. Understand the three phases, review the application form in depth, and understand what is required to be successful. Ask questions, seek clarification, and reach out to those who have achieved the CP3 designation. You should embark on the process with a feeling of complete certainty about how it works.

  1. Be honest with where you are at and what you are willing to give

Once you know the process, aim to know yourself, your experience and skills, and if you feel ready. The expectations are high that applicants will have a wide range of experience with a variety of techniques and with the entire engagement planning, implementation and follow-up process. If you don’t have everything that is required, develop a plan to become qualified before you begin. There have been past candidates who have augmented their professional experience with volunteer experience and have worked to become well versed in a variety of techniques and processes.

  1. Set aside big chunks of time

The CP3 process will be harder, longer and more frustrating if you don’t have big chunks of time set aside to work on it. Giving it an hour here and there, putting it down for a few weeks and then working on it sporadically will likely create frustration and result in a lesser product. Look at your work plan for the coming year and identify whether you can block off dedicated time to work on the deliverables for the entire process.

Part of reflecting on whether you have the time is also to ask yourself: Is my organization/employer supportive of me pursuing this designation, and can I carve out time in my workplan?

  1. Know the IAP2 core competencies like the back of your hand

It’s no secret how you will be evaluated – it’s all about the core competencies. Know them inside and out. Print them out, highlight them, read them regularly. Bottom line: know them, and how your skills and experience directly relate to each of them. The assessors want you to be successful, but they need content on which to evaluate you.

  1. It’s a series of tests… and that’s stressful

While #4 is absolutely true, you need to know that this is nothing like the five-day Foundations course. You do not get a pass just for showing up. You really, really need to demonstrate the core competencies. It is an evaluation process – and the reality is that’s stressful. If you have a very demanding year ahead, with huge projects and other complicated things on the go, maybe now is not the time.

If you can make it work, then plan how you are going to manage the stress of being evaluated. How are you going to make the process as productive and positive as possible? A few tips include:

  • Give yourself plenty of time
  • Know the core competencies
  • Take an incremental approach to planning your application
  • Ask questions and check-in regularly with IAP2 USA
  • Start documenting all your experiences NOW, before you even apply, so you have a file full of your awesomeness ready to go!

So, with that, good luck, and remember: Part of every destination is the journey. Here’s to a happy, engaging and professionally fulfilling year to come.

2019 IAP2 North American Conference – Session Submission Applications OPEN

2019 AIP2 North American Conference - Leveraging P2 to Create Thriving Communities

Submit your session proposal NOW for the

2019 IAP2 North American Conference!

Do you have ideas or insights on how to engage the public in enhancing their communities? Do you have a case study to share? IAP2 USA and IAP2 Canada are seeking session proposals for the 8th Annual IAP2 North American Conference. We invite presentations that explore the conference theme of Leveraging P2 to Create Thriving Communities. The sessions will be either 60 or 90 minutes in length and must include audience participation. There are also opportunities for poster sessions.

Our conference location in Charlotte, North Carolina, provides an ideal location to explore our conference theme. The 250th anniversary of the “Queen City” is an opportunity to celebrate its history and people while using lessons learned from the past and present to build a thriving community for the future.

But don’t delay! The deadline to submit a proposal is Thursday, February 21, 2019. Take a few minutes and read the Call for Session Proposals, where you will get an idea of what the Program Committee is looking for and find tips on how to create the best possible session. Then, download the Session Proposal Application and submit it by the deadline to ameliaiap2usa@gmail.com. Please send any questions to Amelia Shaw at ameliaiap2usa@gmail.com. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

IAP2 North American Conference, Program Committee.