Vision, Purpose, Values

Welcome to the Wild Rose Chapter of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), an organization 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. IAP2 carries out its mission by organizing and conducting activities to:

  • Serve the learning needs of members through events, publications, networking and communication technology;
  • Advocate for effective public participation practices throughout the world;
  • Promote a results-oriented research agenda and use research to support educational and advocacy goals;
  • Provide technical assistance to improve public participation. 

Wild Rose members are part of a network of P2 practitioners throughout Alberta, across Canada and throughout the world. Ideas and methods are shared through local programs and events, the Rosebush newsletter, a local bi-annual conference, and our members-only site.

Our Vision...

All Albertans have the opportunity to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Our Purpose..

  • To encourage the exchange of knowledge and experience among practitioners.
  • To improve the skills and professionalism of practitioners.
  • To promote the value and benefit of public participation.
  • To encourage the growth and development of the public participation field.

Our Values...

  • Participation
  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Openness

Core Values for the Practice of Public Participation

As an international leader in public participation, IAP2 has developed the "IAP2 Core Values for Public Participation" for use in the development and implementation of public participation processes. These core values were developed over a two year period with broad international input to identify those aspects of public participation which cross national, cultural, and religious boundaries. The purpose of these core values is to help make better decisions which reflect the interests and concerns of potentially affected people and entities.

  • The public should have a say in decisions about actions that could affect their lives.
  • Public participation includes the promise that the public's contribution will influence the decision.
  • Public participation promotes sustainable decisions by recognizing and communicating the needs and interests of all participants, including decision makers.
  • Public participation seeks out and facilitates the involvement of those potentially affected by or interested in a decision.
  • Public participation seeks input from participants in designing how they participate.
  • 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. 

The Wild Rose Executive Committee and all IAP2 members passionately ascribe to the IAP2 Core Values. These values are periodically revisited to ensure that they continue to provide guidance for practitioners, regardless of their cultural or organizational context.