Digital tools and Scotlands Participatory Budgeting programme
The Scottish Government commissioned the Democratic Society (Demsoc)
to conduct a research project into the use of digital tools to support
Participatory Budgeting (PB), in the context of the requirements of local
councils in Scotland. This report, drawn from Demsocs own research and
workshops and discussions with 18 councils currently working on PB around
Scotland, is the output of that work.
This project included both needs assessment and product
analysis components. We engaged with officers from 18 councils across Scotland
to ascertain what they saw as their current needs as well as their aspirations
for the future with regards to digital PB tools. We also analysed over 60
digital tools and engaged with developers and experts to produce 6 demonstration
websites to display how digital tools could be used as part of PB in Scotland.
We facilitated workshops across the country with
participating councils to allow them to explore and assess possible digital
tools that could be used to augment their PB projects. The data gathered throughout
this 4-month project has enabled us to form a number of recommendations that
relate to the use of digital tools for Participatory Budgeting in Scotland.
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