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USA places first in International Competition


IAP2 announces international core values winners in Sydney, Australia

(Sydney, AUS) – At a meeting of the International Federation Board of Directors in Sydney, Australia, the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) announced the 2011 Core Values Awards honoring this year’s award winners.

Entries from Australia, South Africa and the United States took first place in this year’s competition.

IAP2 International President Geoff Wilson congratulated the three winners on behalf of the Federation’s Board of Directors and IAP2 members around the world, “IAP2’s seven Core Values go to the very heart of our association and guide how we think about and practice authentic public participation. These winning entries represent best practice in our field, and serve as examples of excellence for others to emulate.”

The joint project submitted by Penn State University (State College, Pennsylvania, USA) and the University of Washington,(Seattle, Washington, USA) won the Research Award with their entry: “Evaluation Report to the Oregon State Legislature on the 2010 Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review.”

Lead researcher, John Gastil, PhD of Penn State University remarked upon the announcement “As researchers, we rarely have the time and resources to study closely a novel public engagement process. Being able to scrutinize and evaluate the Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review gave me the chance to test whether this good idea could come to fruition. Now that Oregon has made it a regular part of the electoral process, I look forward to studying it again in the near future.”

The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) (Johannesburg, South Africa) won the Organisation of the Year category with their entry, “Johannesburg Development Agency: Public Participation – A Key Operations Procedure.”

The Community Engagement Board, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, South Australia (South Australia) was awarded Project of the Year for their entry, entitled, “Community Engagement Shaping South Australia’s Strategic Plan.”

Following are the first runners up in the 2011 Core Values Awards:

• Manchester Community College (Manchester, Connecticut, USA), “Partnership for Inclusive, Cost-Effective Public Participation”
• City of Golden (Golden, Colorado, USA), “Heart & Soul Community Planning – Golden Vision 2030: Our Town, Our Future”
Entries to the Core Values Awards competition are reviewed and evaluated by a judging panel composed of past Core Values Award winners, experienced public participation practitioners and academics in the field of public participation.

IAP2 is an international federation that seeks to promote and improve the practice of public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that affect the public interest in nations throughout the world. Currently, IAP2 has around 3,000 active members in 26 countries. More information about the International Association for Public Participation and the Core Values is available from the IAP2 website: www.iap2.org

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