Joburg agency takes first place

IAP2 Awards 2012

International Association for Public Participation

At a meeting of the International Federation Board of Directors in Sydney, Australia, the (IAP2) announced the 2011 Core Values Awards honouring this year’s award winners.

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 which affect the public interest in nations throughout the world. Currently, IAP2 has around 3 000 active members in 26 countries.

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.

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

1) The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) won the Organisation of the Year category with their entry, “Johannesburg Development Agency: Public Participation - A key operations procedure.”

“JDA Toolkit for Public Participation’ is a central component of all JDA developments. The local knowledge that can be gleaned from communities through a meaningful and integrated public participation process is not only necessary, but adds to the value proposition of the final development product and results in much greater community ownership of the completed facility,” said Thanduxolo Mendrew, acting CEO of JDA.

2) 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 scrutinise 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."

3) 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.”

“I’m excited to see the Community Engagement Board win this award. It recognises months of hard work and a genuine commitment to letting the community shape South Australia’s future. Our approach was hands-on with an emphasis on going to where people are, rather than expecting them to come to us. Through community visits, targeted outreach and online resources, we listened and learnt about people’s lives, while gleaning powerful information about their hopes and aspirations,” said Peter Blacker, Chair of the Community Engagement Board Award.

The Following were 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”

More information about the International Association for Public Participation and the Core Values is available from the IAP2 website:

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