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David Reilly gives us his thoughts about the recent Young Movers Community Celebration night - and the difference young people are making in Glasgow.
Last month the Scottish Co-production Network hosted a very successful learning event exploring the relationship between co-production, participatory budgeting and commissioning processes through real examples about what works in co-producing budgets.
Local residents have their say on how money is spent on a number of projects in their community, thanks to a new participatory budgeting initiative launched by Midlothian Council.
On 31 March 2017 Cornerstone House Centre. Cumbernauld hosted the final PB event where 21 local community groups shared £24,000. Funding for activities between £268 to £1790 was presented to local groups.
The Scottish Government has announced that the 2017/18 Community Choices Fund is open for applications.
Anyone interested in PB in Scotland should have a look at this collective summary of reports from PB projects funded through the Scottish Government's Community Choices Fund in 2016/17.
The creation of a Charter of Quality for Participatory Budgeting in Portugal, based on thirteen principles.
This year's Co-Production Week Scotland will be running from 27th November - 3rd December 2017
This Learning Event will introduce the foundations of participatory budgeting: what it is, how it works and why it matters.
The Scottish Government has set out its Programme for Government 2017-18, which sets out how it will build on existing work with a fresh set of priorities.
A paper introducing a range of democratic innovations known as ‘mini-publics’.
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These case studies by Demsoc capture key learning points from Scotland's early exploration of digital tools to support participatory processes at a local level.
This toolkit is intended to support any individual or group organising a PB activity to plan how to evaluate their PB process, and to collate the evidence and information required.
The City of Edinburgh Council has produceda series of videos on PB in the city. In addition to introducing PB, the videos give perspectives on PB from voters, projects and funders.
This comprehensive guide from PB Partners lays out 10 essential actions to record, monitor and evaluate the impact of a PB programme.
This briefing from the Health and Social Care Academy highlights the potential of participatory budgeting (PB) within health and social care
This paper presents findings and reflections from ongoing research in the What Works Scotland (WWS) Participatory Budgeting programme, and signposts future directions for inquiry and practice.
This guide from PB Network and PB Partners aims to support public sector organisations wishing to develop ‘mainstream’ Participatory Budgeting
This What Works Scotland review of participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland is based on an analysis of existing evidence about the PB processes that have taken place in Scotland up until June 2016.
Specifically written with community led organisations in mind but also useful for front line workers or local authorities starting out on using Participatory Budgeting, this guide lays out a simple 10 step process for PB grant making, from forming a planning group right through the monitoring and evaluation.