A People's Budget: A Research and Evaluation Report on Participatory Budgeting in New York City

Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center

This report from the Urban Justice Center's Community Development Project highlights the key findings from the 2014-2015 Participatory Budgeting cycle in New York City, in which a marked increase in participation from councilmembers worked to develop new ideas to improve their constituencies at the community level. The report uses visual infographics and charts to illustrate how government and local communities worked together to allocate over $30 million in funds from the New York City Council, bringing groundbreaking community development strategies to fruition across all five bouroughs. Besides highlighting the Participatory Budget Initiative's overall growth over time, the report distinguishes the nuances of the project as it functions in each of the 179 target neighborhoods throughout the city, with a focus on inclusivity, media and marketing, and equal access.

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