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See PB voting in action
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.
In this blog, David Ramsay, Development Worker, Glasgow Homelessness Network, goes into detail about some of the work he carried out to engage people in Glasgow community budgeting events which took place last year.
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.
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.
There is still time to submit an application for this year’s funding before the deadline of Friday 26th May.
This toolkit, developed by the US-based Participatory Budgeting Project, provides an introduction to PB.
Residents in Argyll and Bute can now vote for which local projects they'd like to see funded.
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.
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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.