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PBP News: Tools, Trainings, Tactics to rebuild democracy

Get these updates in your inbox: Sign up for our newsletter Summer is a time for getting out of your house and spending time in your neighborhood; participatory budgeting (PB) helps connect your community to make your spaces BETTER. You’re an expert in where you live, and you know what it takes to improve the public…

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Why we need participatory budgeting now

Is this the best we can do? A democracy where key decisions about our schools, immigration, and health are made without those who are most impacted? We urgently need to defend our neighbors whose lives are threatened by government policy. At the same time, we need to fix the broken democracy that leads to these…

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Democracy Rising: Expanding Participatory Budgeting in the South

In a time when people’s trust in democracy is being deeply challenged, we are excited to be able to increase our work to support new participatory processes across the South. Southern communities are among the hardest hit with legislation aiming to limit democratic involvement, such as the restrictions on voter participation in North Carolina that…

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PB Research Series: Erin Markman on the People’s Budget of PBNYC

The Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center have been the lead evaluators of PBNYC since the very first cycle in 2011-2012. Last month they released their evaluation report for the city’s fourth cycle of PB, which was by far the largest PB process seen to date in North America. We caught up with…

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The White House Announces New Commitments to Participatory Budgeting!

Yesterday the White House stepped up their commitment to participatory budgeting (PB) and released the third Open Government National Action Plan, which pledges to advance PB in the U.S. to help government become more open. Thanks President Obama! The plan outlines and prioritizes a citizen-centric approach to government, highlighting PB as an innovative approach to…

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Urban Justice Center Releases New PB Findings

We’re excited to read “A People’s Budget,” the Community Development Project (CDP) at the Urban Justice Center’s new report on the fourth cycle of Participatory Budgeting in New York City! CDP presents findings from PBNYC research and thousands of surveys that provide a comprehensive analysis of New York City’s 2014-2015 PB cycle. Compared to Cycle…

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Research Series: PB in the life of Brian.

We recently caught up with Brian Wampler, a professor in Political Science at Boise State University. Brian is at the forefront of comparative research on PB and we’re pretty sure he can reel off statistics on PB in Brazil in his sleep. We learned about how Brian has approached his comparative work in Brazil and…

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15 Key Metrics for Evaluating PB

There are many ways to measure the impact of PB, but researchers in North America now have a shared language to evaluate and compare PB processes. Our friends at Public Agenda – the lead organizer for the North American PB Research Board – have worked with the board and PBP to develop a toolkit for…

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PB Research Series: A Moment with Stephanie McNulty

Stephanie McNulty is a recently tenured Associate Professor of Government at Franklin and Marshall College, a member of the North American PB Research Board, and an all-round amazing person who does fascinating research on the gender dynamics of PB in Peru. We caught up with Stephanie as part of our PB researcher blog series to learn more…

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PB Buzz: Improving Participatory Democracy with New Technology

    PBP Director Josh Lerner recently said, ”democracy has become the political version of kale; almost everyone says it’s good, but few want to eat it.” Following that notion, there’s been a lot of buzz recently about the potential for new technology to make participatory democracy more palatable–something more like kale chips, one might…

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