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Brian G. Dowling

A Local Official's Guide to Public Engagement in Engagement | Institute for Local Government - 2 views

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    This publication draws on examples of public engagement in city and county engagement throughout California and describes six general approaches that local agencies use, often in strategic combination, to involve residents in the budget process.
Brian G. Dowling

California Budget Project - 1 views

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    OUR MISSION: The California Budget Project engages in independent fiscal and policy analysis and public education with the goal of improving public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians. The CBP believes that information can help give voice to those who often go unheard in budget and policy debates. "Knowledge," as the saying goes, "is power." Since 1995, the CBP has worked to make the budget more understandable and to shed light on how budget and related policy decisions can affect the lives of low- and middle-income Californians.
Brian G. Dowling

PBinSchools - The Participatory Budgeting Project - 0 views

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    The Guide shows how to get your school working with Participatory Budgeting (PB). The PB process creates an experiential learning environment for community Budgeting at a local level. Students are challenged to think about community needs and issues, exploring their environment. They are then empowered to design and implement a solution, taking shared ownership of their school community. They will gain a new attachment to their community; a sense of pride that comes with civic contribution. And they will build a stronger, more collaborative relationship with school administration, one another, and the community at large.
Brian G. Dowling

Public Spending, by the People - 0 views

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    From 2014 to 2015, more than 70,000 residents across the United States and Canada directly decided how their cities and districts should spend nearly $50 million in public funds through a process known as participatory budgeting (PB). PB is among the fastest growing forms of public budgeting in local governance, having expanded to 46 communities in the U.S. and Canada in just 6 years.
Brian G. Dowling

California Common Sense - 0 views

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    California Common Sense is a Stanford-based nonprofit using Silicon Valley technologies to open government finances to the public, engage citizens in data-driven discourse, and catalyze a grassroots movement for more effective and efficient governance.
Brian G. Dowling

California Common Sense Transparency Beta - 1 views

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    Imagine a world in which ordinary citizens are invested in their governments and take ownership of them by virtue of actually knowing a) how government works and b) how their tax dollars are used for public services. We at CACS see that world vividly and are guided by the vision that solutions to major local and state problems will stem from the marriage of transparency and engagement. The innovative technologies we use open up government, expose its excesses, draw its shareholders-particularly young people-into the political process, and improve the efficacy of services on which citizens rely.
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