Participatory Budgeting is based on a simple concept "when the whole community has a say where money is spent, it leads to better decision making and to more people getting involved".
Done well PB will result in:
A community with a better understanding of the range of groups that exist and activities going on in their neighbourhood or community, where everyone having a practical way to get involved.
Neighbourhood groups, community members and residents better able to express their needs and influence decisions made about a community
Greater collaboration and partnership occurs, often meaning more resources for distribution come into an area or community, and when they do they are well spent.
Read the Interim report from the evaluation of PB in Scotland by Glasgow Caledonian University
What Works Scotland (WWS) has produced a new paper presenting findings and reflections from ongoing research in the WWS Participatory Budgeting programme, and signposting future directions for inquiry and practice.
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.
Work in Aberdeen where young people had their say on how £50,000 of underspend was used has been highlighted in a report which follows the process that took place.
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.
This toolkit, developed by the US-based Participatory Budgeting Project, provides an introduction to PB.
An online toolkit from Northern Ireland with useful introductions to a range of methods for getting local people more involved in decision making.