For Researchers

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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Carolina Johnson Awarded National Science Foundation Funding For PB Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is the holy grail of research funding for social science graduate students and professors in the United States–and they support research on PB! PB researcher Carolina Johnson, a doctoral candidate studying political science  at the University of Washington, has secured NSF funding for her innovative dissertation research on PB, and…

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PB Research Series: An Interview with Daniel Schugurensky

PBP is proud to be working closely with such an incredible network of PB researchers and research teams in North America. We’ve decided to launch a PB Research blog series that will throw the spotlight on these researchers, so that our readers and supporters can learn more about what’s happening in the world of PB…

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MIT students roadmap 2 new PB tools

We would like to send a big thank you to the students from the Crowdsourced City class at MIT who have been working with their professor Sarah Williams to develop 2 new tools to make PB easier to implement. The “Live Assembly,” developed by Luxi Lin and Hayrettin Gunc helps manage data at in-person assemblies. The “Idea Factory,”…

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Researcher blog series with Thea Crum from PB Chicago!

We are lucky to work closely with an incredible network of PB researchers and research teams in North America. We’ve decided to launch a PB Research blog series, so that our readers and supporters can learn more about what’s happening in the world of PB research! First up –  Thea Crum, Director of the Neighborhoods Initiative at…

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PBNYC and PB Vallejo in Top 10 for Public Engagement in Government Award

Cambridge, Mass. – May 5, 2015 – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today Participatory Budgeting in New York City and Participatory Budgeting in Vallejo, two programs launched and supported by the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP), as top 10 finalists for the Roy…

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All for Data, Data for All: Supporting PB with Community Data

Participatory budgeting (PB) puts decision-making power into the hands of community members, and all decision-makers need access to good data. PB participants increasingly use data about their cities and neighborhoods to research needs, develop projects, and make informed, equitable spending decisions. Maps, for example. Through PB, volunteers, often called budget delegates, meet in small committees…

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