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This newsletter highlights two reports that focus on budgeting. In our most recent report, "Participatory Budgeting: Ten Actions to Engage Citizens via Social Media," Victoria Gordon offers an overview of the state of participatory budgeting, and the potential value of integrating the use of social media into the participatory process design. In the report, "Managing Budgets During Fiscal Stress: Lessons for Local Government Officials," Jeremy Goldberg and Max Neiman analyze the financial experiences of California local governments and highlight how to engage citizens to encourage widespread dissemination of fiscal information. Both reports focus on local communitites, but have broader applicability and lessons learned. We hope that these reports assist government managers in their budgeting and engagement strategies.
Author: Victoria Gordon
Participatory budgeting is an innovation in direct citizen participation in government decision-making that began 25 years ago in a town in Brazil. It has since spread to 1,000 other cities worldwide and is gaining interest in U.S. cities as well. Based on her research and observations, Dr. Gordon recommends ten actions community leaders can take to create the right participatory budgeting infrastructure to increase citizen participation and assess its impact. A key element in her recommendations is to proactively incorporate social media strategies.
Authors: Jeremy Goldberg and Max Neiman
Goldberg and Neiman analyze the financial experiences of California local governments from 2007 to 2013 and present findings and recommendations for managing at the local level given budget constraints. This report examines what happened to local California government revenues during this period, which services have been adjusted, how employee benefits have been treated, and what innovations have been introduced. The report concludes with recommendations for local governments across the nation.
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Empowering Citizens with Money and Social Media by John Kamensky