Resources

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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Democratizing Schools with Participatory Budgeting (June 4th Webinar)

WEBINAR: Democratizing Schools with Participatory Budgeting Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015 Time: 11am – 12pm (PST) Download the webinar slides [PDF]   Schools and school districts operate large and complex budgets – often with minimal participation from the community members and youth they work to serve. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Join…

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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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Learning Democracy by Doing – Participatory Budgeting in Schools

With the amount of time students spend in school, nearly 1000 hours per year, it’s surprising how little say they have in their schools’ priorities. What if a school gave its students more choice in their education? What if it gave young people the ability to make collective decisions, while promoting youth leadership and teamwork?…

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The challenging terrain of PB evaluation

Imagine you are assigned the task of evaluating a new PB process in North America. What questions would you want to answer? What tools and instruments would you need? What challenges would you expect to face in the field? Luckily for you, you don’t have to completely reinvent the wheel. While new challenges and questions…

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7 tips for making an impact with your research

Communication tips from the 2014 PB Conference. At Sharing and Communicating PB Research, three experts shared seven key ideas. It was standing room only as dozens of people wedged into a room at the Unitarian Church in Oakland, CA for this final session on day one of the 3rd International Conference on Participatory Budgeting in…

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New Open-Source Tool for Mapping Community Needs

With the Shareabouts platform – an open source tool for collecting ideas from the public on an intuitive, user-friendly map – residents in New York City and Long Beach have the opportunity to propose PB project ideas online. At PBP, we believe that digital technology, like Shareabouts, can complement face-to-face meetings, reduce administrative burdens on…

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New Research Board to Evaluate PB

PBP and Public Agenda are facilitating the launch of the North American Participatory Budgeting Research Board with various participatory budgeting (PB) evaluators, academics, and researchers. Shortly after the 3rd International Conference on PB in North America, we came together in Oakland for our first meeting. The goal of the board is to support the evaluation…

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