Spaces filling up at Sacramento IAP2 Skills Symposium!

Plenty of opportunities to learn
at the 2020 Sacramento Symposium

Newcomers to public participation and seasoned pros alike find lots to learn at the IAP2 USA Skills Symposium, March 9 – 13, in Sacramento, California.

First of all, a big THANK YOU! to all those who have registered for courses so far! The early-bird deadline has passed, but there are still spaces available.

Have you taken the Foundations course yet? This is the basis of P2 know how and the prerequisite for professional certification, and you can take both modules in one five-day period. The three-day Planning for Effective Public Participation takes you right to the basics: what P2 is and its rationale. You’ll learn about the Five Steps and discuss how to develop P2 objectives that can become part of an organization’s process. It’s a great introduction for newcomers to the practice, managers and experienced practitioners who need a refresher.

Techniques for Effective Public Participation is the two day “sequel” to “Planning”, and lets you add dozens of practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit—powerful techniques you can put to immediate use in your next project. You’ll learn how and when — and even whether — to use each technique, what their strengths and weaknesses are and the resources you’ll need. 

Meet Douglas Irby – Charlotte, North Carolina

”We have a history for being passionate about injustice in our communities. We also have a history of channeling that passion into self-destructive and ineffective behavior. With more community people properly trained to guide those passions into a positive, legal and organized effort to seek the justice that all people are guaranteed by God and the US Constitution, we would all be better served.”

Call for Proposals: Midwest Chapter’s 2020 Regional Conference

Call for Proposals Now Open:
Apply to present at the Midwest Chapter’s 2020 Spring Conference

The IAP2 USA Midwest Chapter will host our Spring Conference in St. Louis, MO, April 30 – May 1, 2020. The call for session proposals is now open! Please consider applying to share your knowledge and experience with fellow IAP2 members. 

The 2020 conference theme is: Breaking Down Walls: Meeting the Challenge of Inclusion in Public Participation (P2)This third annual regional conference will explore new ways to address this and other challenges in public participation. Proposals for sessions addressing this theme, as well as other topics relevant to P2, are welcome. 

You can access the call for proposal form here. Please download the document and complete it in Word format.

Proposals must be submitted to by 5pm Central time on January 13. Proposers will be notified of the committee’s decision by Friday, January 24.

IAP2 Certification: six weeks left to apply!

IAP2 USA Certification

Are you a skilled, committed public participation practitioner? Have you completed the Foundations course and have a solid track record in the field? Have you mastered the Five Core Competencies? We strongly encourage you to take the next step and become a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) or Master Certified P2 Professional (MCP3)

The end of the year is a perfect time to reflect on all your P2 accomplishments. This application process is an opportunity to document and catalog the work that you have done. So fill in the application and become a CP3!  

The deadline to apply for the next Assessment Center is coming up quickly: January 31, 2020. 

Remember, professional certification is different from completion of the Foundations training. Completion of the training is a prerequisite for certification. 

The certification process is rigorous but it is also rewarding. You will be assessed against the Five Core Competencies and 29 related criteria, in a three-step process: written application; written response to a case study: and an in-person assessment, which will take place June 5 and 6 in a location still to be determined (based on applicants).

Steve Wolf, MCP3Even if you have a world of experience and a high reputation in the business, the CP3 or MCP3 is a valuable asset: it may be that “extra” you need to get that big promotion or win that new project proposal. Steve Wolf, MCP3, says he felt the  “third-party validation” that Certification brings was necessary to reflect his work and abilities.

Read the Information Kit and start preparing. For more information please take a look at the website Read the FAQ and if you still have questions contact Amelia at amelia[at]

Support more Practitioners like Francesca; Give Today!

Francesca PatricoloMeet Francesca Patricolo. You might recognize her from the 2019 Core Value Awards as her PedPDX: Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Plan project was recognized as IAP2 USA’s Project of the Year and went on to win IAP2 International’s Project of the Year Award in Sydney, Australia!

Francesca first learned about IAP2 when she was serving in AmeriCorps Central Oregon after undergrad.

“I was responsible for gathering public feedback and shaping it into a plan, but I didn’t have a strategy,” Francesca said. “Fortunately, I found the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation online and immediately used it in my work. I knew after that experience that public participation was my calling in life.”

December 11, 2019   Posted in Featured

December Webinar – Inclusion. Register today!


In the field of Public Participation, you often hear the expression, “Meet people where they are.” Sometimes, that means you have to understand where they’ve been. That is never more true when engaging with Indigenous people.

On December 10, at 11am Pacific time (2pm Eastern), join us for the monthly Learning Webinar, as Nadine St-Louis of Sacred Fire Productions presents Understanding History, Territory and Indigenous Identity for Inclusion … a step towards reconciliation. Engaging ethically with Indigenous communities is about moving forward within a respectful, egalitarian and participatory process. This webinar is a conversation looking at how to shift social structures of “us” and “them”, looking at history as narrative and reclaiming Indigenous voices in colonial spaces. 

While this webinar is based on Canadian experiences, there are applications to the USA and other countries.  In public participation we strive to include all voices. What do we need to think about when we want to be truly inclusive?  Do you know?

Register here, and remember the two-stage process: follow the link in your confirmation email to receive your login information.

We look forward to your joining us on December 10!

December 6, 2019   Posted in Webinars

WEBINAR REWIND – November – Charlotte Encore: “Walk it Like You Talk It – Youth Empowerment and Racial Equity”

Our first “Charlotte Encore” – a presentation from the previous IAP2 North American Conference that attendees told us should be shared via webinar – brought back the Thursday lunch keynote speakers. Liz Styron and Kaleia Martin of YES! Youth Empowered Solutions challenged us to consider the intersection of racial bias and marginalizing young people. (Read more) Liz and Kaleia show that, even if everything else is equal or a non-white person has an advantage, race puts that person at a demonstrable disadvantage. Race, they’ve learned, is the number-one deciding factor in health and life outcomes.

WEBINAR REWIND: October 2019 – IAP2 Projects of the Year

Two projects, which focused on equalizing conditions for everyone, were featured in the October learning webinar. The Portland (OR) Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer were named IAP2 Projects of the Year for the USA and Canada, respectively, at the 2019 IAP2 Core Values Awards. 

Member Profile: Dan Adams

Dan AdamsExecutive Director, The Langdon Group

Recipient, 2019 IAP2 USA Greater Good Award

Dan Adams is with the The Langdon Group and was nominated for his many outstanding qualities as an innovator and collaborator. Dan focuses on engagement by encouraging his staff to visit and build relationships with stakeholders. He has brought IAP2 and its core values into his work ethic and team. His blends the disciplines of alternative dispute resolution and public participation to help people see other points of view. 

“I look at public involvement from a systemic approach. One thing I learned from working in ADR is that most of the problems I saw were organizational conflicts. The parties would come to mediation trying to solve situational issues, but not addressing the larger systemic issue.

To help me learn how to think systemically and work from that perspective, I earned a master’s degree in organizational behaviour from BYU.  I have learned through tough experience that you really have to tackle what I call the ‘5Ps’ when you are asked to do public involvement.”

Member Profile: Isis Lopez

Isis LopezIf you drive through the streets of Austin, you will see juxtaposed living situations—model luxury homes next to homes that are older and in need of maintenance. When the Austin Code Department was initiated, the message for our office was that of awareness – “call Austin 311 to report violations.” But our team realized that we were treating the symptoms and not addressing possible solutions or preventing the violations.

In 2018, we shifted our mindset from “report your neighbor” to learning more about the codes and empowering individuals with resources and information to not only avoid violations but live in a safer environment, which is the end-goal for the department.

Our department is largely complaint-driven. We get a complaint, and our inspector goes out to investigate. We decided to become more pro-active, by creating a “heat map” to see the areas with a high incidence of complaints, and then we focus our outreach on the “hottest” areas.