The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) has issued core values for those who practice public participation. Developed over a two- year period with broad international input, IAP2 identified aspects of public participation which cross national, cultural, and religious boundaries. The hope is that practitioners will use these to make better decisions regarding the interests and concerns of potentially affected publics.
The core values include:
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.
2. Public participation includes the promise that the public’s contribution will influence the decision.
3. Public participation communicates to participants how their input affected the decision.
For more information on additional core values, visit the IAP2 Web site at www.iap2.org.