The Glasgow Centre for Population Health and What Works Scotland have today published Participatory budgeting in Scotland to complement the launch of the Scottish Government’s new participatory budgeting website.

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a process of involving citizens in deciding how to spend public money.

PB Quotation 2


An exciting collaboration has been established between the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) and What Works Scotland (WWS) to support the strategic and operational delivery of PB within Scotland and beyond.


The first output from this collaboration is a joint publication: Participatory budgeting in Scotland: an overview of strategic design choices and principles for effective delivery.

PB Quotation 1The paper outlines ten strategic PB design choices and ten principles for effective delivery. The metaphor here is not ‘transplanting’ but translating and adapting. PB delivery organisations, communities and citizens involved in the PB process are thus encouraged to use the design choices and principles selectively, flexibly and reflectively as meets their specific purpose, need and context.