Celebrating the Best in P2!
Boulder wins for “Bolder” P2 &
Portland takes top project in a walk
It’s been said that good public participation is like mending clothes: do it right, and nobody notices; do it wrong, and everybody can see it. The IAP2 Core Values Awards are the annual opportunity to put P2 in the spotlight: recognizing those who have taken the practice to a new height and inspiring other P2 practitioners to learn and up their game. This year at the gala, held in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC, we were proud to honor:
The City of Boulder, Colorado was named Organization of the Year for “Creating a Meaningful P2 Culture”. City officials were already aware that good P2 makes for better decisions, but a few years ago, they started getting feedback from residents that the P2 itself could be better. They spent 18 months getting input on how it can be improved. Watch the video here. Link to submission.
The Portland, OR, Bureau of Transportation won Project of the Year and topped the General Project category for “PedPDX”, a process to create greater equity in pedestrian facilities across the city. Residents were engaged through open houses, one-on-one interviews, online tools and a series of videos called “Pedestrian Stories” to help PBOT prioritize its resource allocation. Watch the video here. Link to submission.
Research Project of the Year: PRR Inc. received the award for “Measuring Public Involvement Effectiveness: an Easy-to-Use Toolkit”. Engagement processes can be complex or simple, use the latest tools and techniques or tried-and-true methods; but how well do they work? PRR set out to find ways of quantifying “effectiveness” in public engagement from the point of view of both the public and the public involvement agency. Watch the video here. Link to submission.
These three winners will go up against winners from other IAP2 Affiliates around the world for the Federation Core Values Awards. These will be presented next month at the IAP2 Australasian Conference in Sydney, Australia.
Other honors at the gala went to:
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency for Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture in its “#27 Bryant Transit Reliability Project”. This bus route runs through some of the most transit-dependent neighborhoods in the City By The Bay, and has an excruciatingly slow average speed of 4.5 – 5 mph. Improving that reliability meant communicating with a very diverse population, using a variety of languages and tools. Watch the video here. Link to submission.
Runner-up: Austin, Texas, Parks and Recreation Department, for the “Dr Everett H. Givens Memorial Park Master Plan”. The park has long been a gathering place in a predominantly African-American community, even after many of the residents in the district had been displaced by gentrification. This project brought people together to plan its future. Link to submission.
Runner up for General Project: Adams 12 Five Star School District, for “ELEVATE: A Public School-District Engagement Process to develop a community-driven strategic plan”. Link to submission.
Honorable Mention for General Project: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, for “The Geary Rapid Project: Finding Common Ground on San Francisco’s Busiest Transit Corridor”. Link to submission.
The gala also featured individual awards:
Inspirational Leadership Award was presented by the IAP2 Federation Board to Presiding Member Kylie Cochrane. This award recognizes Kylie’s role in guiding the worldwide organization through its recent governance changes, among other developments.
Greater Good / Emerging Leader Award was presented to Isis Lopez of the City of Austin.
Greater Good Award, presented to Dan Adams of the Langdon Group.
Greater Good Award, presented to Amelia Shaw, retiring Executive Manager of IAP2 USA, current Executive Manager for IAP2 Canada, who was also the first president of IAP2 Canada, International Board Director, and lead on a project which won the 2010 IAP2 Core Values Award for Innovation.
The IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards were also presented at the gala:
Organization of the Year: the City of Kingston, Ontario.
Project of the Year: the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (also winner of Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture: for “‘Underserviced’ Population Engagement
Indigenous Engagement: Context – an Argyle Company, for the BC Flood and Wildfire Review.
Extending the Practice through Creativity, Contribution and Innovation in the Field: Context – an Argyle Company, for “It’s Time: the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission’s Engagement Process”; and the City of Calgary, for “It’s My Neighbourhood”.
Visual Engagement: CitySpaces, for the City of Nanaimo BC’s Affordable Housing Strategy engagement process.
The IAP2 Core Values Awards serve a dual purpose. One of those is to recognize P2 projects that raise the bar in the profession. Another is to give practitioners a look at what is successful, innovative and effective, so they, too, can up their game. We hope you’ll take the time to review these projects at 2019 IAP2 USA Core Values Awards and 2019 IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards: you, too, could find yourself on the stage next year in Banff, Alberta!
All the best,