This briefing aims to support public sector organisations wishing to evaluate their ‘mainstream’ Participatory Budgeting (PB) initiatives. The techniques outlined here are also applicable to PB grant making programmes.
Released in June 2017 this comprehensive guide from PB Partners lays out 10 essential actions to record, monitor and evaluate the impact of a PB programme.
We have been building on our learning about PB since 2000, when the first UK learning exchange to Porto Alegre took place. Later, in 2010, the PB Unit produced a detailed guide to self evaluation when undertaking PB, which is available on the PB network website.
Ideas and methods within this new, refined and more usable briefing paper builds on work done at that time, as well as more recent experience within Scotland and elsewhere.
Without understanding why you are doing PB it’s hard to know if you have succeeded.