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The Scottish Government has announced that the 2017/18 Community Choices Fund is open for applications.
PB was discussed at the Church of Scotland General Assembly, where people heard from congregations who have been part of the projects.
It takes a lot to fill a community hall on a rainy Saturday morning, but for the people of the Woodburn and Dalkeith communities, the chance to showcase their local activities and bid for their share of £18,000 was just enough to whet their appetites.
With local election turnout still relatively low, where do we start with getting people more engaged – and where does participatory budgeting fit in?
As Participatory Budgeting moves from Grants to Mainstream Budgets the PB Advisory Group are looking for clarity about the road ahead.
ng homes has written a blog about its work with young people across North Glasgow, culminating in a Community Choices budgeting event on 28th March in Springburn Academy, Glasgow.
This is a high-profile area of work that will cover the development and expansion of Community Choices budgeting across Local Authorities in Scotland.
This video from Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) in the USA shows the experience of PB in 5 schools in Phoenix, Arizona.
This film showcases a few of the initial PB events across of Ayrshire.
Four Church of Scotland congregations have taken the lead in an exciting new project which allowed parish residents to decide how government grant funds should be spent.
Where is PB happening?
PB is used across the world, and now in Scotland where community groups and local authorities are using PB to give power to local people.
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View in-depth resources about PB
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.
An online toolkit from Northern Ireland with useful introductions to a range of methods for getting local people more involved in decision making.
This evaluation by PB Partners describes the process, achievements and learning from a participatory budgeting initative in Aberdeen where young people had their say on how £50,000 of underspend.