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See PB voting in action
Guten Tag! Buenas Noches! Bonsoir! Good evening! were the welcomes which kicked off the evening at Woodside Hall in Maryhill on Thursday 20th April 2017. Community groups of all sizes came together to submit their ideas for promoting inclusion in Glasgow North.
UpNorth! Community Chest has provided a blog reporting on the recent PB process in Tongue, Sutherland on the March 11th 2017.
The event in Orkney demonstrates the innate flexibility of the PB process. The inter-island vote and discussion on the day were a masterclass in co-operation.
Where else other than a PB event would community projects offer each other the free use of a hearing loop, a spare couple of desks for working at and hens for a chicken coop?
In March Castlemilk saw participatory budgeting with a twist. They called it ‘community funding’, but rather than being about a community of place this event was about funding for two school communities.
Kirkconnel and Kelloholm PB event this weekend was about more than just money, it gave lots of small groups the opportunity to be heard by their community. The audience showed their appreciation for them by listening carefully in absolute silence.
What Works Scotland supported a two-day study visit to Paris for folks working around PB in Glasgow. In this guest blog post Evelyn O’Donnell from Glasgow City Council describes some highlights from the visit.
PB Scotland has a new homepage that makes the site easier and simpler to use.
A community voting event took place in Borders on Sunday 19 March 2017, with successful community groups getting a share of a £30,000 fund.
Local people in Gorebridge, Midlothian have voted in favour of funding ten projects, all aimed at promoting healthy eating.
This film from TSI Moray highlights the recent #YouChoose events that have taken place across Moray
North Ayrshire Council worked with Young Scot’s Localities Team to undertake one of Scotland’s largest ever online participatory budgeting exercises exclusively for young people.
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View in-depth resources about PB
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.
This paper from Glasgow Centre for Population Health and What Works Scotland outlines ten strategic PB design choices and ten principles for effective delivery.
This publication from Demsoc presents the findings of a research project into the use of digital tools to support Participatory Budgeting (PB), in the context of the requirements of local councils in Scotland.