Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a better way to manage public money.


It is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. PB gives ordinary people real decision-making power over real money.

PB holds enormous potential to transform individuals, communities, and government, but making the change can seem really hard.

This toolkit is for officials and staff at governments and institutions that are interested in launching a PB process. Its purpose is to help you understand what it takes to start a PB process and how to lay a foundation for success.

In the guide, we’ll answer the following questions:

  • How does a typical PB process work?
  • What are the impacts of PB?
  • What budgets can be used for PB?
  • What staffing and other resources are needed to implement PB?
  • How do I get started?
PB Scoping Toolkit. A Guide for Officials and Staff Interested in Starting PB

Learn the steps you need to bring PB to your community: