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A Celebration of Excellence in Public Participation: IAP2 USA Core Values Awards

May 26, 2015 Leave a comment

You and your team worked hard to deliver a great P2 project: now it’s time to make sure it gets due recognition. The application process is now open and continues through June 1. The Application Package and more information are available on the Core Values Awards webpage.  Remember that it takes time to write an application, so plan ahead and learn from last year’s winners (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

The categories are:

  • Research Project of the Year
  • Organization of the Year
  • Project of the Year

The winners will go on to compete against other Core Values Award winners from around the world at the Federation level (last year, the St Vrain Valley School District in Colorado won Research Project of the Year from both IAP2 USA and the IAP2 Federation!).   Winners will be announced at the Core Values Awards Gala, part of the 2015 North American IAP2 Conference in Portland on Thursday, September 10.

If you are thinking about applying but still want a little more information, IAP2 USA presented a webinar May 15 with long-time P2 professional, trainer and Core Values Award Judge, Dr Marty Rozelle. That webinar was recorded, so please click here to watch it.

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A Celebration of Excellence in Public Participation: THE IAP2 USA CORE VALUES AWARDS

April 28, 2015 Leave a comment

A Celebration of Excellence in Public Participation:
THE IAP2 USA CORE VALUES AWARDS
BE RECOGNIZED FOR YOUR WORK IN P2!

As a P2 practitioner you work hard to ensure that you are developing and delivering great P2 projects. The IAP2 Core Values Awards want to celebrate your efforts and share your best practices with others. Awards are presented in three categories:

Project of the Year
Research Project of the Year
Organization of the Year

Winners also go on to compete against projects from around the world in the IAP2 Federation Core Values Awards.

The application process can take a while and there is a reason for this – we need you to tell us your story – we want to learn from your experiences. BUT we are here to help – you will find a lot of helpful hints in the IAP2 Core Values Awards Application Kit and you can also learn from previous winners (Check out the Core Values Awards webpage).

If you are thinking about applying but still want a little more information, join us for the IAP2 USA Core Values Awards webinars, where we will review the process, provide some insights from the USA judges and answer any questions that you might have. The webinars will take place on Friday, May 1st, 8:30 – 9:30 (Pacific) – register here and Friday, May 15, 11:00 – noon (Pacific) – register here.

Applications are being received through June 1, so apply now!

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Get Ready to Apply for: A Celebration of Excellence in Public Participation: IAP2 USA Core Value Awards

March 26, 2015 Leave a comment

You and your team worked hard to deliver a great P2 project: now it’s time to make sure it gets due recognition with the IAP2 USA 2015 Core Values Awards. The application process opens April 20 and continues through June 1. Remember that it takes time to write an application, so plan ahead and learn from last year’s winners. The categories are:

  • Research Project of the Year
  • Organization of the Year
  • Project of the Year

The winners will go on to compete against other Core Values Award winners from around the world at the Federation level (last year, the St Vrain Valley School District in Colorado won Research Project of the Year from both IAP2 USA and the IAP2 Federation!). If you need inspiration, click here to find out more about last year’s winners and watch for more news about the application process!

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Core Values Awards Update– Review Underway

June 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Core Value Awards Update– Review Underway

The 2014 Core Value Awards are in full swing, with submittals under review and announcements of winners to be made in Winnipeg at the IAP2 North America Conference Core Values Awards Gala, September 30, 2014. Three categories of awards are under review: project of the year; organization of the year; and research.

Our judging panel includes seasoned practitioners with many years of experience and research expertise. They bring great wisdom and insight to this volunteer work. We are appreciative of the hours of service by: Dr. Jim Creighton, Mike Huggins, Lewis Michelson, Joel Mills, and Dr. Marty Rozelle,

The tradition of Core Value Awards is an opportunity to highlight the leading work in the field. Applicants assess their efforts along each of the seven IAP2 core values, indicating how their project, organization or research meets these standards. As noted by IAP2 International, the Core Values were developed to “identify those aspects of public participation which cross national, cultural, and religious boundaries.”

Winners of the IAP2-USA awards are entered into the competition for the IAP2 International awards.

 

Core Values for the Practice of Public Participation

  1. Public participation is based on the belief that those who are affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process.

 

  1. Public participation includes the promise that the public’s contribution will influence the decision.

 

  1. Public participation promotes sustainable decisions by recognizing and communicating the needs and interests of all participants, including decision makers.

 

  1. Public participation seeks out and facilitates the involvement of those potentially affected by or interested in a decision.

 

  1. Public participation seeks input from participants in designing how they participate.

 

  1. Public participation provides participants with the information they need to participate in a meaningful way.

 

Public participation communicates to participants how their input affected the decision. 

Core Values Awa…

June 12, 2012 Leave a comment
Core Values Awards
It’s time once again to flex your professional muscles for the entire world to see!For the 2012 Core Values Awards, there are three categories for submissions:* The Project of the Year award recognizes excellence in the tools, techniques and efforts in public participation within a finite framework.

* The Organization of the Year award recognizes the application of the core values in all aspects of an organization and how they are embedded into decision-making that features public participation.

* Research Award. Research is critically important to IAP2 and its members if we are to understand and overcome challenges in everyday public participation and build upon P2 theory and practice.The Research Award acknowldges important contributions to the body of public participation knowledge.

Submissions will be accepted until June 30th 2012. Entries must be received by email (in either Adobe PDF or MS Word formats)

Submissions will be accepted to Moira Deslandes until June 30 2012. ) Winners will be notified in August.

Click for more tools and information to assist in developing your submission:

As always, we are happy to accept entries of the same project in multiple award categories. We do require you to make separate submissions for each category you wish to enter, and that each entry clearly addresses the requirements of the category as outlined in the style guide.

Webinars are scheduled for the beginning of June to review the requirements with anyone interested in submitting for an Award.

Session #1: Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 10 AM Atlantic Daylight
Session #2: Thursday, June 7, 2012, 11:30 AM Australia Central Standard
Click the World Clock to convert the webinar time to your local time zone.

Please register your intention and receive log in info to participate in Webinar #1 or #2 by sending an email.

Awards will be announced at the IAP2 North American Conference and recipients will be able to select an event for them to be acknowledged by their peers.

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2012 IAP2 International Core Values Awards Announced

This just in via email from IAP2:

It’s time once again to flex your professional muscles for the entire world to see!

The Call for Submissions is now open for the 2012 IAP2 International Core Values Awards.

For the 2012 Core Values Awards, there are three categories for submissions:

  • The Project of the Year award recognizes excellence in the tools, techniques and efforts in public participation within a finite framework.
  • The Organization of the Year award recognizes the application of the core values in all aspects of an organization and how they are embedded into decision-making that features public participation.
  • Research Award. Research is critically important to IAP2 and its members if we are to understand and overcome challenges in everyday public participation and build upon P2 theory and practice.The Research Award acknowldges important contributions to the body of public participation knowledge.

Submissions will be accepted until June 30th 2012. Entries must be received by email (in either Adobe PDF or MS Word formats) to Moira Deslandes, moira@iap2.org by midnight local time Adelaide, South Australia. Winners will be notified in August.

The following tools and information are available on www.iap2.org to assist in developing your submission:

Review past winners in the State of the Practice Reports
2012 IAP2 Core Values Awards Style Guide (PDF)
How to Write an Award Entry (PDF)
Entry Fees – $100 USD (click here to pay online)

As always, we are happy to accept entries of the same project in multiple award categories. We do require you to make separate submissions for each category you wish to enter, and that each entry clearly addresses the requirements of the category as outlined in the style guide.

To learn more about these changes and other entry details, please download the 2012 IAP2 Core Values Awards Style Guide.

Information Sessions
Webinars are scheduled for the beginning of June to review the requirements with anyone interested in submitting for an Award. There are two sessions offered:

Session #1: Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 10 AM Atlantic Daylight Time (13:00 UTC/GMT)
Session #2: Thursday, June 7, 2012, 11:30 AM Australia Central Standard Time (02:00 UTC/GMT)
Click here to link to the World Clock to convert the webinar time to your local time zone.

Please register your intention to participate in Webinar #1 or #2 by sending an email to training@iap2.org. You will then receive the Webinar Invitation with login details.

The awards will be announced at the 2012 North American IAP2 Conference, and recipients will be able to select an event for them to be acknowledged by their peers.

The Magic Number Eight Ball…

December 20, 2011 1 comment

The following article is a guest post by Stephani Roy McCallum, Managing Director at Ottawa, Ontario-based Dialogue Partners. She is an IAP2 licensed trainer for both the Certificate Program and Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation (EOP2), and is an Assessor for new candidate trainers of both programs. Stephani is a member of both IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA and was the 2008 President of IAP2 International. You can follow her @RedheadSteph on Twitter.

We’ve heard it from participants, seen it in practice & used it ourselves: Why IAP2 needs an 8th Core Value.

We started this blog thinking about our work, the practice, the field and comments we’ve heard from participants. We’ve been thinking about what makes public engagement really meaningful, and what builds stronger communities, organizations and individual lives.

We believe in IAP2’s 7 Core Values, and think they are important measures for good practice and process… but we think they are missing a magic number eight. We propose that magic eight be focused on capacity building, and we want to hear your thoughts. Just as an aside, we’ve also had a few suggestions that there be a Core Value Number 8 focused on free beer and door prizes. While we think that this is also a worthy suggestion, its time may not have yet come.

Why capacity as a Core Value?

Currently IAP2 embraces 7 Core Values to set the standard for meaningful process and to guide the work of public engagement practitioners.

These Core Values presently cover the right to participate, the possibility to influence the decision, having the information you need to participate, considering the needs and interests of all, inclusive process, involving people in designing the process, and closing the feedback loop.

At Dialogue Partners we embody all of these principles in the work we do but think it is time the values extend further. It has been our experience that people are not born knowing how to talk to each other about “hard” issues in a meaningful, open way and often the state of existing relationships may impact their ability to do so. In order to mitigate this issue, we incorporate capacity building activities into all engagement projects and have seen results showing increased volume and diversity of constructive participant input.

Moreover, capacity building activities increase skills for hosting and convening important conversations and can be completed outside of the formal organization hosted project activities and events. This approach provides a cost-effective, meaningful way of putting the conversation directly in the hands of participants while serving to further build ownership, connection and relationships. Under this format, the next hard conversation will involve participants who have been engaged in a different way, and will support the capacity of the entire community to talk together on important issues, long after we have been involved.

We thought some examples would help make what we do tangible and provide some food for thought. We want to hear how you address capacity building in your projects and community.

A few things we’ve done to build capacity

So you want to try incorporating some capacity building techniques into your next engagement project? We suggest training interested project participants to host their own conversation and reporting the results back to your team. This is a great technique for involving organizations, community associations, individuals or really anyone who might have something to say about the topic under discussion. Here’s some quick tips and steps you could follow:

  1. Invite participants to a training event. During this session you will need to provide participants with some basic skills and knowledge in facilitation and conversation hosting techniques. Your agenda might include items like welcoming attendees, developing ground rules, what to do before the meeting, “how-to’s” of the process, closing the meeting and evaluation. This shouldn’t feel like a boring classroom lecture and needs to be as interactive and fun as possible to ensure future conversation hosts have some practical application of the skills.
  2. Provide supporting materials: Conversation hosts will need basic project knowledge and an understanding of the engagement process. Don’t overwhelm them with specifics, as they don’t need to be experts but arm them with key milestones and project questions. It may also be helpful to develop a “Conversation Hosting Guide”. This document might include things like tips and tools on encouraging participation, making people comfortable, managing differing opinions and conflicts and successful listening and observing skills.
  3. Reporting & Submission should be EASY: A great conversation is only as good as what gets recorded and submitted so ensure that you develop easy to use reporting tools and mechanisms and identify multiple options for submission including online options to walking over to drop box at a community library.
  4. Evaluate and adjust based on participant feedback: There is no one better able to evaluate a process than those who experienced it first hand so ensure you provide participants with an opportunity to evaluate your training session and provide input and feedback for future development and modifications.

Workshop objectives

Conflict resolution tips

Examples of Dialogue Partners Capacity Building in Action

City of Calgary: Our City. Our Budget. Our Future Budget Kit Hosting Workshops were delivered to both citizens and City employees to gain a deeper understanding of the content and process and build their own capacity to participate at a higher level. These workshops taught participants how to host conversations themselves; empowering them to go out and gather input from their friends, families, co-workers and neighbours. This technique allowed participants to make the public engagement project their own, and to reach out to individuals who might be unaware or unable to attend larger events.

Quikiqtani Truth Commission Facilitation and Community Consultation Project, we trained community members as facilitators and conversation hosts for community conversations in remote Baffin Island Location, placing the conversation in the hands of those who lived in the communities and who spoke Inuktitut. This increased individual and community capacity and provided meaningful input to the project.

Edmonton Public School: Sector Review 2010, Public Engagement 101 Training and workbook conversation hosting workshops were hosted to provide information to assist parent councils, community leagues and partner organizations understand the event objectives and process of sector review planning and to share tools and information on how to host a conversation on the issues.

The skill testing question

So now you’ve heard our thoughts. That the IAP2 Core Values are really great, but to build a different kind of society where people talk to each other in meaningful, respectful, constructive ways on important issues we need a new Core Value. That building communities and organizations takes a commitment to a new kind of conversation – and none of us are born knowing how to do this.

So tell us… how have you built capacity in your projects?

Do you think there needs to be a new Core Value for public engagement? Are you voting for capacity building? Or free beer and door prizes?

We’d love to hear from you! stephani@dialoguepartners.ca