Participatory budgeting: involve residents in how you spend budgets

Participatory budgeting is by now a popular consultation method for local governments decision-making process, it is enables cities to involve their community in budget decisions and gain insight into citizens’ priorities.

CitizenLab works with more than 200 local governments to implement digital consultation processes at the local level. Our participatory budgeting feature is used by communities of all sizes to strengthen citizen dialogue and value the voice of residents.
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Case study: Peñalolen, Chile, launched a participatory budget to improve citizens’ quality of life

Peñalolén, a Chilean commune in the Santiago Province, launched a participatory budget in 2019 on their CitizenLab platform. The local authorities freed a total budget of 500,000,000 Chilean pesos (approximately $662,515) to be distributed by the community. The project’s main focus was to collect ideas from the community on how  to improve infrastructure and public spaces, with a particular emphasis on safety, accessibility, and intergenerational integration.

Over the course of the project, 24,450 citizens registered on the online platform, posted their ideas or voted for those of their neighbors. Based on this vote’s results, Peñalolén selected ten community projects spread out over the neighborhoods to receive municipal funding.
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"I am immensely pleased that so many of our residents made their voices heard and shared their ideas with us. The numerous positive ideas strengthen our policy and ensure that we can set priorities that reflect reality. The user-friendly and well-arranged platform that CitizenLab offers has certainly contributed to the success of our participation initiative."
Mohamed Ridouani
Mayor city of Leuven (Belgium) - European Capital of Innovation 2020
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CitizenLab helps governments of all sizes to reconnect with their citizens. Whether you organise participation via surveys or polling, via ideas for specific projects, or via a participatory budget, you can centralise it all on one easy-to-use engagement platform.
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UPCOMING WEBINAR

The Educational Power of Participatory Budgeting

February 23, 1pm ET

Join our free webinar to discover how the Participatory Budgeting process inspires and trains new civic leaders, lays the groundwork for other types of deliberative engagement, and rebuilds trust among disengaged communities.

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Engaging young residents in the policy making process

25 November, 11.00 am (UK time)

We'll find answers to questions such as how you can get younger generations to participate in your local community engagement projects? What's the secret to reaching them and getting them to take part in the policy-making process?

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