Tools

Data to the People

Where PB meets public health, we find data for decision-making. Andrew entered the idea collection assembly confidently; he came prepared with stories, justifications, and excitement backing his proposal for more dog parks in his neighborhood. After eagerly sharing his idea in a breakout group, he started to notice repetition among other ideas shared; multiple community…

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Best of 2016

2016 was a year of tremendous growth and learning here at PBP, and as it comes to a close we can honestly say we’re not just aiming to transform democracy – we’re actually doing it. Join us for a look at our three biggest wins this year: ➊ We expanded PB to a record number…

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PB with Tax Increment Finance Funds

Tax Increment Financing is a public financing method that uses taxpayers’ money for community-improvement projects. The process is typically conducted without any taxpayer involvement. In order to make the process more community-driven and transparent, we have created a free, downloadable PB TIF Toolkit which can serve as a guide for using Participatory Budgeting to allocate TIF funds. This…

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[FREE WEBINAR] PB in Schools Guide

This webinar introduces A Guide to Participatory Budgeting in Schools, a free resource for educators to conduct participatory budgeting (PB) in schools. PB meaningfully engages students and other stakeholders in deciding how to spend a portion of a school budget. Students think about community needs and issues and then are empowered to design and implement solutions.…

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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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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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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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