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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.
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.
A pilot program consisting of 15 subnational governments with action plans to open up government throughout 2017.
Free to attend and taking place at the Manchester Metropolitan University, up to 70 people will gather on the afternoon of the 18th September 2017.
In April 2017, Populus’s Claudia Chwalisz wrote a report on behalf of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy about citizen engagement in politics and policymaking to present to a delegation of Ukrainian MPs in Kiev.
A delegation from Fife and Glasgow, with the support of What Works Scotland, had the unique opportunity to visit Paris in December 2016 to learn about how Participatory Budgeting is being delivered at their scale.
Do you ran a community group, activity or service in Troon, Barassie, Muirhead, Dundonald or Loans? Now's your chance to secure up to £1,000 to help make a difference in your local community and decide which other community projects should be funded. Submit your application TODAY!
Booking is now open for this practice sharing event where you will consider and discuss presentations on current and emerging community safety themes.
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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.