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Participatory Budgeting Real Money, Real Power. Maria Hadden, Project Coordinator, The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP). About PBP. Founded in 2009, incorporated as nonprofit in 2011. History. Mission.

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Participatory Budgeting

Real Money, Real Power

Maria Hadden, Project Coordinator,

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP)


About pbp
About PBP

Founded in 2009, incorporated as nonprofit in 2011

History

Mission

To empower community members to make informed, democratic, and fair decisions about public spending and revenue.

Program Areas

Public Education

Technical Assistance

Research & Evaluation

Staff

3 in New York City office, plus 3 field staff in California and Chicago


Why participate in budgeting
Why participate in budgeting?

Policy without the rhetoric

Money talks, people pay attention

Public budgets are taxpayer money


A ladder of

budget participation

Full participation

Participatory budgeting

Limited participation

Citizen boards or councils

Focus groups and town halls

Consultation

Informing

Online games

Hearings and deputations

Listening


What is
What is

participatory budgeting?

A democratic process in which

community members directly decide

how to spend part of a public budget


Making real decisions about real money (NOT a consultation)

An annual cycle (NOT a one-off event)

Usually for part of a budget (NOT the whole budget)

What is

participatory budgeting?


How does it work?

How does it work?

Residents brainstorm ideas

Delegates develop proposals

Residents vote

The top projects win funding


Public assemblies Brainstorm ideas and select delegates


Delegate meetingsDevelop proposals




Real money real power
Real Money, Real Power

Re-inventing Democracy Through Participatory Budgeting


Where has

participatory budgeting worked?

1,500+ PB processes in the world!

Europe

Cities,

States,

Counties, Public housing, Schools,

Community organizations

North America

Asia

Africa

Latin America

Porto Alegre, Brazil


Porto Alegre, Brazil

1989

  • 1.5 million residents (50,000 participants per year)

  • Decide as much as $200 million in spending per year (20% of budget)

  • Key victories:

    • Doubled sanitation coverage

    • Doubled the number of students in schools

    • Expanded bus service to neglected areas


Participatory budgeting

in North America

Building Participation from the Bottom-Up

Targeted Outreach

Accessible Design

Grassroots Leaders

Strategic Funds


Participatory budgeting

in North America

in North America

2001:

Toronto

Community Housing

2001:

Guelph,

Ontario

2012:

Vallejo, CA

2006:

Plateau Borough,

Montreal

2009:

49th Ward, Chicago

2013:

San Francisco

2011:

New York City


Toronto Community Housing

2001

  • Second largest public housing provider in North America: 164,000 tenants

  • As many as 6,000 tenants per year have allocated up to $9 million in capital funds per year


Guelph, Ontario

2001

  • PB based in Neighbourhood Support Coalition, which includes 14 grassroots neighborhood groups and representatives of agencies, foundations, and the city.

  • ~$250,000 budget pot from city, county, province, and foundation sources

  • Neighborhood groups identify program and capital priorities, then delegates decide via consensus how to divide up funds


  • Chicago’s 49th Ward

    2009

    • 60,000 residents, NE Chicago

    • $1.3 million (Alderman Joe Moore’s discretionary budget)

    • Funds for capital projects only

    • First PB Cycle: April 2009 – April 2010

    • Completed three cycles, for 2012-2013 cycle has expanded to 4 wards


    New York City

    2011

    District 8, Manhattan,

    Melissa Mark-Viverito (D)

    $6 Million

    reaching

    500,000 residents

    District 32, Queens,

    Eric Ulrich (R)

    District 39, Brooklyn,

    Brad Lander (D)

    District 45, Brooklyn

    Jumaane Williams (D)


    Who does what

    Community

    Decision-Makers

    Organizers and Support

    Council Member Offices

    District

    Residents

    Vote on Projects

    Citywide Steering Committee

    Design and oversee process

    Community Voices Heard

    Community Engagement Lead

    Budget Delegates

    Develop project proposals

    The Participatory Budgeting Project

    Technical Assistance Lead

    District Committees

    Implement and manage PB locally

    District Stakeholders

    Propose Ideas

    Research & Evaluation Team


    Outcomes

    1) Better Decisions

    • 2,400 residents identified 2,000 project ideas to address community needs

    • Over 300 active volunteers contributed approximately 20,000 volunteer hours to research, revise and develop 78 full project proposals

    • 6,000 voters chose top projects


    Outcomes

    2) Stronger Communities

    More community participation - especially by underrepresented groups

    • 2,000 assembly participants: 94% spoke, 63% had household income less than Area Median Income, 64% people of color, 64% women

      More community networks and collaboration

    • Over 350 organizations engaged in discussions about community improvements

    • Over 100 organizations collaborating on District and City-Wide Committees


    Outcomes

    3) More Public Support

    • 92% said assemblies were good or great

    • 90% said voting process was good or great

    • 94% increase in media coverage for participating Council Members


    New York City

    2012 - 2013

    District 8: Melissa Mark-Viverito (D)

    District 19:

    Dan Halloran (R)

    District 33:

    Stephen Levin (D)

    District 23:

    Mark Weprin (D)

    $9.4 million reaching1.3 million residents

    District 39:

    Brad Lander (D)

    District 44:

    David Greenfield (D)

    District 32:

    Eric Ulrich (R)

    District 45:

    Jumaane Williams (D)


    Vallejo, California

    2012

    • 117,000 residents

    • First citywide PB process in US

    • $3.2 million (sales tax revenue)

    • $200,000 allocated for implementation of process

    • Funds for capital projects and programs & services

    • 20-member Steering Committee designed and governs process


    Why

    participatory

    budgeting?









    For more info

    Website: http://www.participatorybudgeting.org

    Twitter: @PBProject

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ParticipatoryBudgetingProject

    Maria Hadden, Project Coordinator:

    Email: maria@participatorybudgeting.org


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