Participatory Budgeting report available
At the end of July 2011, the final evaluation of the Community Wellbeing Champions Initiative was signed off by Ministers. The initiative consisted of five areas in Scotland running Participatory Budgeting pilots within the context of the Anti Social Behaviour Framework. The evaluation indicates positive impacts in terms of community capability and strengthened local democracy as well as a reduction in anti social behaviour. The Participatory Budgeting (PB) model used for the pilot programme embedded the National Standards for Community Engagement as a set of guiding principles and as an evaluation and measuring tool.
Discussions will be taking place later on this year on the effectiveness of Participatory Budgeting as a method for meaningful community engagement and how the technique might be applied more widely in Scotland.
To read the full evaluation and executive summary click here
To find more about Participatory Budgeting more generally click here