This report serves as an aggregate analysis of all U.S. and Canadian PB processes from the 2015–16 cycle. This report breaks new ground by making comparisons across key metrics collected from one cycle to the next on all U.S. and Canadian PB processes. By bringing together data from all U.S. and Canadian PB processes and over time, we seek to inform ongoing debates about PB and to advance the practice of PB.
Evidence from Brazil suggests PB has helped alleviate poverty, expand access to public services, reduce corruption, raise tax compliance, increase the number of civil society organizations and improve the social well-being of a wide range of citizens. Can these outcomes be replicated? This report delves into these questions and examines the potential of PB to address economic and political inequalities in the U.S. and Canada.
The report, “Why Let the People Decide? Elected Officials on Participatory Budgeting,” is based on confidential interviews with 43 local elected officials from across the country regarding their views of and experiences with PB. Elected officials across the country report that participatory budgeting helped them be more responsive to community needs, improved their political prospects and engaged their constituents more in political life. The biggest challenge officials say they faced was not having enough time, staff and resources to undertake PB effectively.
Around the world, people are asking how we can make democracy work in new and better ways. We are frustrated by political systems in which voting is the only legitimate political act. We are concerned that many republics don’t have the strength or appeal to withstand authoritarian figures. And we are disillusioned by the inability … Read more
Fewer than one in seven degree-seeking community college students transfer and graduate with a bachelor’s degree. How do we help the millions of students failed by current transfer practices and policies succeed? The Transfer Playbook serves as a detailed guide for two- and four-year colleges to help more students transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree. … Read more
Participatory budgeting (PB) is among the fastest-growing democratic innovations in the United States and Canada. A total of 46 jurisdictions across 13 cities in the U.S. and Canada undertook PB between July 2014 and June 2015. This report provides an unprecedented summary of key facts and figures of the 2014–15 PB cycle in the U.S. and Canada. It highlights the size and scope of PB in 2014–15 and illustrates substantial variability in how communities implemented and participated in PB.
Developed by the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN), this resource helps information technology professionals support competency-based innovation on their campuses. The questions raised in this document will ensure institutions have the technological systems needed to launch and scale sustainable competency-based education (CBE) programs on their campuses. Public Agenda is a supporting organization of C-BEN. 2016