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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Public Agenda in the USA has released 15 key metrics for evaluation and a toolkit to provide common measures of success in participatory budgeting (PB). The North American PB Research Board, in collaboration with the USA based PB Project helped to develop these tools. The methodology used ‘will have universal application, even outside the USA and Canada’.
You can find out more and download the toolkit here.
This guide to Participatory Budgeting has been written by leading experts on PB in the UK. Funded by donations from consultancy work done by PB Partners, it covers all the basic information you need to understand how PBcontributes towards the democratic community engagement work of local authorities and public bodies.
It includes information on the Values, Principles and Standards underpinning all high quality PB work, the background to how it has developed in the UK, the advocacy work of the Network and PB Partners and includes case studies of 4 successful PB programmes.
You can download your free copy from PB Network
The PB Network is the UK's independent body advocating for learning and innovation in Participatory Budgeting. As well as being a great resource in itself, the website contains a wide range of case studies, reports and videos about PB in the UK and worldwide.
See more at http://pbnetwork.org.uk/resources/
PB Scotland is featuring a series of updates from Scottish local authorities who have been supported to engage in PB activity by the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government is part-funding PB consultancy support delivered by PB Partners during 2015/16 to twenty local authorities across Scotland signed up for PB activity in their area.
You can read these updates below.
The Scottish Government's Creating a Fairer Scotland website features the story of MutualGain PB initiative in Manchester, which Community Empowerment Minister Marco Biagi recently visited along with a PB project in Durham.
Read more here.
A leaflet produced by the Scottish Government to provide background information on participatory budgeting (PB) and an overview of developing PB activity and support across Scotland.
Read the full leaflet here.
This briefing note explains how PB can work in practice, how it contributes to the work of elected members and how elected members can support PB in their communities.
You can read the full report here.
Members of the PB Working Group are working with the Scottish Government to build capacity in Scotland to ensure PB is delivered in a meaningful and sustainable way. Members are Fiona Garven, Scottish Community Development Centre, Angus Hardie, Scottish Community Alliance, Dr. Oliver Escobar, University of Edinburgh, Martin Johnstone, Faith in Community Scotland and Felix Spittal, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.
The Scottish Government has collated examples of participatory budgeting from around Scotland in this report, intended to be a working document that will evolve as PB grows across Scotland.
You can read the full report here.
Presents the findings of a 2014 participatory budgeting learning event in Glasgow, organised by Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) and Faith in Community Scotland, and funded by the Scottish Government’s Community Safety Unit.
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