Participatory Budgeting

  • October 16, 2017
  • (PDT)
  • October 27, 2017
  • (PDT)
  • Online
  • 11


  • For members of the IAP2 Affiliates or IAP2 Federation International Associates.

Registration is closed

Real Money, Real Engagement!
What is Participatory Budgeting (PB) and how does it work? PB is a democratic process where community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. The process begins with the formation of a community-based steering committee; the steering committee designs and governs the process; at the start of the process, people come together (in person and online) to learn about the budget, share ideas and volunteer as budget delegates; budget delegates work with the government entity and other experts to develop proposals based on these ideas; community members vote on proposals and the government implements the top projects.
In this course, trainers from the Participatory Budgeting Project will engage participants in a mock process, from design to the vote, in order to provide a deeper understanding of PB and how it works as a public participation tool. We'll explore what it takes to start a process and keep it going, how it aligns with IAP2 Core Values, and what components make it a best practice in public participation. 

NOTE: Only one person per registration. 

Who should take this course?
Anyone interested in planning and advocating for PB in their community or helping others with the process in their community. The workshop is especially recommended for elected officials, staff, consultants, and organizers looking to gain a solid foundation in PB before deciding if and how to move a process forward locally.

Learner Outcomes
At the end of this online course, participants will:

  • An understanding of PB and how the process works aligns with the IAP2 Core Values.
  • Practical skills for facilitating PB processes.
  • A greater awareness of the challenges of PB, and ways to overcome them

This is a four-hour course, split into two live sessions where participants will walk through a mock process to create a participatory budget project, giving the learner an in depth understanding of the process and how to make it work in their community.

DATES: October 16 through October 27, 2017


  • Monday, October 16, 2017 - 11:00 am - 1:00 PM Pacific
  • Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:00 am - 1:00 PM Pacific

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Melissa Appleton manages the implementation of participatory budgeting projects and innovations on the East Coast for the Participatory Budgeting Project. With over eight years of experience supporting group and inter-personal dialogue as a facilitator, mediator, and trainer at the largest community mediation organization in the US (New York Peace Institute), she brings a passion for collective decision-making to participatory budgeting. Melissa is happy to be supporting group deliberation and participation with diverse communities more locally after doing conflict resolution work internationally in Timor-Leste, Kosovo, and Israel. She received a graduate degree in Peace Education from Columbia University and, though a proud Vancouver B.C. native, has called New York City home for 12 years.


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