PB EXPLAINED

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real power over real money.

COMMUNITY

representatives define

objectives and set rules of engagement for projects

BRAINSTORM

ideas for projects

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

Proposal ideas are formed into feasible projects

VOTE

The community votes on projects that they want funded

FUND WINNERS

The government/institution funds the winning projects

DELIBERATIVE & PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a form of deliberative and participatory democracy that makes participants the experts, project developers and decision-makers rather than mere spectators or advisors. PB makes public decisions about public money more equitable and transparent while serving as an investment in civic education and community and leadership building. 

THE PB PROCESS

ADAPTING PB

Successful PB is designed around specific defined goals and outcomes such social inclusion, civic or voter education, community building, increasing trust and transparency or informing broader spending priorities.  Participatory equity and social inclusion were clear priorities articulated by participants at the April 2018 Community Forum "Bringing Participatory Budgeting to the Portland-region."

PB processes have been used to allocate capital improvements for schools, parks, and transportation or for art, economic development & social services in the context of cities, schools, public housing authorities, and private foundations. PB has even been envisioned for reallocating resources for criminal justice reform. However, research indicates the most impactful PB allocates fully discretionary funds that can provide the widest latitude for the community to develop and select projects.

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