PB1 Project Implementation Update

Since fiscal year 2016 officially began for the City on July 1, 2015, departments are now able to use the $528,000 that was awarded through the pilot Participatory Budgeting process to get started on the winning projects. 

As projects come online, keep your eye out for this sticker!

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Read on for a status update on the six winners...

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Read the PB2 Rulebook

This rulebook was developed by the PB Steering Committee, the City of Cambridge, and the nonprofit organization The Participatory Budgeting Project in June and July 2015 to guide Cambridge's second PB process, which will run from June-December 2015.

Look inside to learn more about what kinds of projects are eligible for PB funding, who can participate as a Budget Delegate, and who will be able to vote for PB projects this time around.

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Idea Collection is Coming!

How would you spend $600,000 to improve Cambridge? 

Participatory budgeting is back, and we'll be collecting YOUR project ideas from August 1-31, 2015.  

The following 6 projects won funding during the last PB cycle:

  • Healthy trees for a healthy Cambridge ($120,000)
  • Laptops for the Community Learning Center ($27,000)
  • Bilingual books for children learning English ($7,000)
  • Public toilet in Central Square ($320,000)
  • 8 bike repair stations ($12,000)
  • Free public Wi-Fi in 6 outdoor locations ($42,000)

What would you like to see during this round?

Click here to learn about what kinds of project ideas are eligible for PB funding!


How did we do? Read the Evaluation of Cambridge's Pilot PB Process

Nada Zohdy, a recent graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, completed an independent evaluation of the City's pilot Participatory Budgeting process in June 2015 to inform us about what worked well and what we should change in order to improve the process.  We continue to refer back to this tool as we plan for the various stages of the City's second PB cycle with the Steering Committee.

Please click below to download and read the complete report.

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New PB Steering Committee

Participatory Budgeting is back! 

The City received 24 Steering Committee applications from interested community members and we accepted all 24.  The new group met for the first time on Thursday, June 25 and there was great diversity, energy, and enthusiasm in the room. 

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Above: Some of the Steering Committee members pose with Budget Office and Participatory Budgeting Project staff for a group photo.

The following people will serve on the Steering Committee for the second PB cycle in Cambridge:

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Students at the Community Learning Center Reflect on PB

On May 5, 2015, the Friends of the Community Learning Center (CLC) published a blog post on their website capturing CLC student and teacher reactions to the first PB process in Cambridge.

We had fun visiting CLC classrooms in December to explain PB and solicit students' ideas for projects, and more fun returning in March to pass out ballots and "I voted in Participatory Budgeting" stickers to students, some of whom were voting for the first time. 

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Help Us Improve!

We are planning to start the second PB process this summer so that we can wrap up voting by December and make the timeline more manageable for everyone involved. Before we launch the second round, we’d like to collect feedback from the community about what worked well and what could be improved through two primary channels:

  • An in-person feedback session on Tuesday, May 5th from 6-8pm at the Citywide Senior Center (806 Mass. Ave.)
  • An online survey
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Voting Results Breakdown

2,727 Cambridge residents age 12 and older voted in March to decide which Participatory Budgeting projects the City should fund. The voting results were as follows:

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Cast Your Vote!

This post was submitted by guest blogger Becca Schofield, member of the PB Steering Committee.

From March 22-28, the City of Cambridge is holding a Participatory Budgeting VOTE for all residents 12 and older. Hundreds of people have submitted ideas for projects that would improve the City – this week, we get to choose which projects the City will implement.

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Cambridge Chronicle Story

The Chronicle recently published a story on PB in Cambridge.  Check it out! 

http://cambridge.wickedlocal.com/article/20150318/NEWS/150316250



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