Pers_8_compressed.jpgNational Evaluation of the Participatory Budgeting Programme


Client: Department of Communities and Local Government

Participatory budgeting directly involves local people in making decisions on the spending priorities for a defined public budget. SQW was appointed by the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) to lead a consortium to undertake an evaluation of Participatory Budgeting (PB) in England. 

The purpose of the study was to improve implementation of PB in local government and encourage its take-up by spreading good practice, and building understanding of how to maximise the beneficial impacts and cost effectiveness of the approach.

The SQW-led team, also including Cambridge Economic Associates and GFA Consulting, delivered an initial scoping study and process evaluation of the Programme, and a final report, based on a literature review, consultations with key national and local players, two e-surveys of areas using PB, two waves of fieldwork in case study areas, and a series of practitioner workshops that were run in order to share and test research findings.

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