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Year of Publication: 2021

Tools for Virtual Engagement

This brief offers considerations for making virtual decision-making processes accessible and equitable throughout and beyond the COVID-19 era. It also highlights several platforms and tools used to facilitate digital engagement and participation.

PB in Schools Evaluation Toolkit – Why Data Matters

Evaluation is a key part of growing and improving participatory budgeting. Our PB in Schools Evaluation Toolkit walks readers through the why, what, and how of evaluating school PB processes! By examining how PB works, who takes part, and how it impacts local communities and democracy, evaluation data can be used to make the case for why PB should be continued and expanded.

Participatory Policy-Making Toolkit

This toolkit uses the umbrella term “participatory democracy” to refer to processes that put real decision-making power in community hands, such as ballot initiatives, policy juries or assemblies, and participatory policy-making.

Participatory Policy-Making

This one-pager gives an overview of what participatory policy-making (PPM) is, why it is a useful tool, the working group that developed the PPM model, and an overview of the steps in the process. 

Read more about the process and the PPM “Safe Schools” pilot in Brooklyn here

Municipal Evaluation Toolkit

Participatory Budgeting Toolkit for Cities: Why Data Matters. Learn how PB works, who takes part, and how it impacts local communities and Democracy.

Democracy Beyond Elections

This one-pager gives an overview of what Democracy Beyond Elections (DBE) is providing goals and solutions to deepen participatory democracy.

Community-led Recovery: How to Use Participatory Budgeting for ARPA Funding

This booklet provides information on how your community can and must have a say in American Rescue Plan Fund Allocation.

Community-Driven Zoning and Development in Chicago’s 35th Ward

When Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa took office in 2015, he initiated a six-month long process to restructure the way zoning and development decisions were made in Chicago’s 35th Ward.

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