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SPECTRUM ON TRIAL – IAP2 Australasia 2015 Conference in Perth

December 15, 2015 Leave a comment

IAP2 Australasia released this video featuring highlights of the IAP2 Spectrum review at the IAP2 Australasia 2015 Conference in Perth in October. Although the comment period is now closed and we will be releasing a draft report in January at which time additional comments can be added, we thought you would be interested to watch the IAP2 Australasia video.

 

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One of the highlights from the IAP2 Australasia 2015 Conference in Perth was the Spectrum on Trial session. All delegates were invited to attend the session as jurors and heard arguments from the prosecution and defence about whether any changes should be made to the IAP2 Spectrum.

Before they heard arguments the jurors shared their views on changes to the Spectrum. Following the 45 minute presentation and workshop the jurors shared their thoughts again and there was overwhelming support for the continuation of the Spectrum, perhaps with some minor tweaks. Their notes and thoughts from their posts have been included in this report.

 

This video, discussion and report will be forwarded to IAP2 Canada who have been asked to review the Spectrum.

IAP2 is committed to advancing the practice of public participation and the Spectrum is one of the many tools we have available. The Spectrum is widely used across Australia and New Zealand and we are pleased to see so many practitioners and organisations embracing IAP2 principles and tools. It is important that we continue to innovate and review our practice methods and tools, but this session affirmed our commitment to the Spectrum!

The IAP2 Quality Assurance Standard for Community and Stakeholder Engagement is also referred to in the video and it is available for download here.

Thank you again to all who were involved in this session and for advancing the practice.

Michelle Blicavs
IAP2 Australasia CEO

Deadlines approaching for the North American Conference!

July 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Portland Oregon Skyline Mt Hood Black and White IllustrationThe upcoming 2015 IAP2 North American Conference is now, officially, the best-attended yet! As of July 28, we crossed the 225 mark … with almost 6 weeks to go! Thank you to all who have registered so far, we look forward to seeing you – and many more – in Portland in September.

Of course, this surge in attendance also means that rooms at our official Conference hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lloyd Center, are getting scarce. As of July 17, there were fewer than 40 rooms still available at the Conference rate (starting at US $149/night), and those are just for Wed. Sept. 9 and Thursday, Sept. 10. All other nights are now sold out at the conference rate.

If you are booking for the Wednesday and Thursday night only, please go to the hotel’s IAP2 North American Conference webpage, available 24/7. If you want to book both the Wednesday/Thursday at special conference rate and other nights at hotel rates please contact the hotel directly at 503-281-6111. Their reservations department is open Monday – Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM. The IAP2 North American Conference group code is NA9 – please refer to this code when booking.

*** Participants are responsible for their own hotel reservations. ***

IAP2 Coffee logo 2015Did you know … that your registration fee includes a pre-conference workshop? On Wednesday, Sept. 9, you can take part in “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Portland-style” – a series of interactive presentations on the way the issue of inclusion is addressed in Portland and the state of Oregon as a whole. For IAP2 members not attending the conference, it costs US $75 to take part; $100 for non-members not attending the conference.

Don’t delay! As of August 1st, regular prices to attend the Conference take effect, going up US $100 to $625.00 for IAP2 members and $775 for non-members. Register now and take advantage of those early-bird rates!

Students! You only have a few more days to apply for a scholarship to attend the Conference! The deadline is July 31; find out more information here.

Certification Pilot Project Up and Running – Apply Today!

June 25, 2015 5 comments

It’s here! After two years of development, IAP2 USA is proud to present the pilot professional certification program. Be one of the first IAP2 Members to apply for this brand new certification program for P2 professionals, and help us fine tune the certification process.

In September 2015, IAP2 USA will conduct a pilot for the new professional certification program. The assessment process was developed by a task force of IAP2 members from USA, Canada, and South Africa in consultation with our membership. The program offers a 2-level certification award: Certified Public Participation Professional and Master Certified Public Participation Professional. Credentials are awarded upon completion and evaluation of a 3-step assessment of candidates, based on 5 core competencies that were identified through the membership consultation process.

  • Download and review the information kit
  • Step 1: Submit an application
  • Step 2: Prepare a response to a case study
  • Step 3: Attend an in-person assessment

Learn more online by clicking here.

Key Information
We’ve developed a detailed information kit that outlines the process for applying, available here. Please review the kit carefully and let us know if you have any questions before applying. Here is some key information:

  • Eligibility: All IAP2 members in good standing who have completed the 5-day IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation (formerly Certificate Course) are eligible.
  • Cost: $225 for application review; $2925 to participate in case study and Assessment Center (upon invitation after submitting your application).

Key Dates

  • Applications open: June 25, 2015
  • Applications close: July 20, 2015
  • Pilot Assessment Center: September 11-12, 2015 (in Portland, following the 2015 IAP2 North American Conference

Questions
Contact us at certification@iap2usa.org – we would be pleased to help.

We look forward to your participation in the exciting new program for IAP2 USA!

More Exciting Opportunities in Portland!

June 4, 2015 Leave a comment

The 2015 IAP2 North American Conference is only 3-1/2 months away! It’s our annual opportunity to soak in new ideas and approaches, meet old friends and make new ones. There are four fascinating keynote speakers and 50 sessions, as well as a pre-Conference workshop you won’t want to miss: “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Portland-style” will go ahead on Wednesday, Sept. 9; the price is included in your registration fee. Check out the Conference webpage and the Schedule-at-a-Glance.

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Coming In June: Open Mic — Your Questions, Please

May 25, 2015 Leave a comment

You’ve got questions? We’ll find the answers in our next Monthly Webinar! On Tuesday, June 9, we’ll bring together a panel of seasoned P2 pros to address issues that matter to practitioners. This is a truly interactive session, and that means we need your participation: we need you to send in questions ahead of time.

What kind of questions?  How about:

  • How do you reach out to and engage the “silent stakeholders” in a process?
  • How do you convince your company or organization to go beyond the “mandated” or “regulatory” P2 and do something more meaningful?
  • Are “old” P2 processes obsolete?

Those are just some starters to get your own creative juices flowing. Please submit questions you might have to us at ameliaiap2usa@gmail.com.  And whether you have questions or no, please join us – Tuesday, June 9 at 2pm (Eastern)

Register >>

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You are a good P2 practitioner — but you could be better! Learn more …

April 9, 2015 Leave a comment
Wednesday 27 May through Sunday 31 May, 2015
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

You asked for it and we are delivering! Don’t miss this opportunity, make sure that you register soon for these advanced P2 training courses. Until April 27th, you can register for the courses you want to attend ­ but any courses that do not have a minimum number of registrants by that date will not be offered.

Improving Youth Engagement and the Facilitation Graduate School are just some of the 14 exciting and informative sessions that are being offered.

Want to see them all? Check out the website!

Improving Youth Engagement through Participatory Conversations (Saturday, May 30th):
Do you want to create ways for youth to have a voice in decision making? Or enhance the methods you’re already using? Then this course is for you. You will explore approaches and practice using new tools to create participatory and inclusive conversations where all voices are heard and youth can move from brainstorming into action in a short period of time. This workshop teaches fun ways to create inclusive, welcoming environments that allow for youth voice, help resolve conflicts, and engage youth in shaping decisions that affect them.

Learning Objectives: Participants will

  • learn to create fun and engaging events so youth voices are heard
  • practice how to move ideas to action
  • learn how to develop youth leaders
  • learn how to invite youthful voices into decisions
  • practice how to create inclusive, welcoming environments


Register here

Facilitation Graduate School (Sunday, May 31st):
Be ready to have your facilitation fundamentals challenged, and add techniques and strategies that are critical for success in high stakes facilitation! Note: As with other Graduate Education, the fundamentals of facilitation are assumed. This is a “beyond the basics” training session, involving individual,small and large group, activities.

You will learn:

  • How a fundamental ethical approach can keep you on track/out of trouble
  • The use of a proven Strategic Analysis tool to plan for success
  • Six collaboration elements necessary for group momentum
  • How a group evolves and how facilitation needs to evolve with it
  • How to handle POWER in a group
  • How to handle difficult people with tact and professionalism
  • Arranging for success – how to set-up for task groups and public meeting

Learning Objectives:

  • to take PI practitioner facilitative skills to the next level
  • to identify reasons why groups struggle w/problems
  • to discuss application of facilitative strategies/techniques
  • to understand how groups evolve and learn
  • to provide proven techniques to resolve issues

Register here

Choose or Lose:

Until April 27th, you can register for the courses you want to attend – but any courses that do not have a minimum number of registrants by that date will not be offered. So make your decisions soon, and register for the courses you want to attend at this “smorgasbord of learning” about public participation.

IAP2 USA would like to thank our partners:
University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center
University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality
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Here’s the web page link – please pass this along to your various networks, and encourage your colleagues and friends to register early so they get the courses they want before they fill!

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Do You Have What It Takes to Deliver Successful P2?

March 23, 2015 Leave a comment
Wednesday 27 May through Sunday 31 May, 2015
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

IAP2 USA is hitting 2015 strong with laying the foundations of successful and efficient practices for P2. Get ready, because we are excited to announce that supplementing the annual IAP2 North American Conference is a training opportunity created just for you.

It is important to remember the basics and best practices when practicing P2 – that’s why we are here to brush you up on your skills. Our culture is changing and we know we have to fit the mold, but best practices are still our solid foundation. Join us and freshen up!

Over the course of the next few weeks we will be providing highlights from the 14 exciting, and informative sessions.

Can’t wait and want to see them all? Check out the website!

IAP2’s Foundations in Public Participation (3-Days for Planning and 2-Days for Techniques):

IAP2’s signature course was designed with the input of successful practitioners who work with diverse populations and divergent circumstances throughout the world. This course helps you hit the ground running, armed with the knowledge and confidence you need to plan and execute effective initiatives for any area in which you may be working. It’s divided into two modules, each focusing on one of the two major phases of public participation, planning and techniques.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will be able to:

    • define public participation and understand its value, risks and benefits
    • understand how to integrate public participation into decision-making processes
    • design, deliver and evaluate effective public participation planning processes
    • select appropriate techniques that align with public participation objectives

Register here – PlanningTechniques

Designing as if Stakeholders Matter: Understanding and Embracing the Spectrum of Diversity (2-Days):

Practitioners are routinely expected to design robust and inclusive processes for increasingly diverse communities, but often don’t know how. This 2-day, highly participatory, case-based course helps practitioners: Understand the theory and practice of engagement design; increase awareness of diversity through safe group exercises and audio vignettes; work from cases and your own experiences to identify and analyze stakeholders; match techniques to your design; and evaluate processes to make real-time changes. Participants leave with the skills to design and implement inclusive engagement processes, useful tools and materials, and a cohort of colleagues to help you with this work over time.

Learning Objectives:

  • At the end of this professional development session, participants will:
    • Be aware of the spectrum of diversity and understand what can happen when engagement doesn’t account for that dimensionality
    • Recognize the value and critical importance of bringing multiple perspectives to complex issues
    • Learn how to define clear objectives for increasing and deepening diversity within public engagement efforts
    • Explore underrepresentation, how to recognize and explain it, and what to do to close gaps
    • Develop ethical and effective approaches and techniques for supporting and engaging diverse participants
    • Gain experience in stakeholder identification and appropriate engagement tools
    • Understand how to evaluate and redesign during implementation
    • Know how to carry forward into their work the learnings that emerge from this session

Register Here

Building Better Participation Infrastructure (1 Day being offered twice):

Most public participation efforts are one-off projects focused on a single issue or decision. Many of these processes have been successful, but this piecemeal approach is difficult, inefficient, and hard to sustain. Meanwhile, we know that when it is sustained, participation has a range of other impacts, from economic development to public health. How can we create a stronger infrastructure for local democracy – one that makes participation easier, more sustainable, and more enjoyable?

In this course, Tina Nabatchi and Matt Leighninger will use practical tools from their new book, Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy, to lead a discussion on how communities can start thinking differently about participation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess strengths and weaknesses of typical participation practices
  • List potential benefits of more sustained forms of participation
  • Develop options for planning and strengthening participation infrastructure

Register Here – Wednesday, May 27th or Friday, May 29th

Choose or Lose:

Until April 27th, you can register for the courses you want to attend – but any courses that do not have a minimum number of registrants by that date will not be offered. So make your decisions soon, and register for the courses you want to attend at this “smorgasbord of learning” about public participation.

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IAP2 USA would like to thank our partners:
University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center
University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality
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Here’s the web page link – please pass this along to your various networks, and encourage your colleagues and friends to register early so they get the courses they want before they fill!

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