Scottish Government Publish Report on Impact of Participatory Budgeting Activity in Scotland

News story posted: 04/06/2019

Money for Moray presentationScottish Government has published a new report which evaluates the impact Participatory Budgeting (PB) activity has had in Scotland from 2016-2018  The specific areas of focus for the evaluation were the identifiable impacts of PB on local communities, local services, local democracy, and tackling inequalities.


Over a three-year period, the evaluation project included observations of PB activities, participatory action research and multiple in-depth interviews with elected members, council officers and community members engaged in PB in order to analyse how PB is understood, defined and expressed by local authorities and communities.


In addition, the evaluation sought to explore perspectives on the future development of PB in Scotland, with a particular focus on how local authorities are approaching the target agreed between the Scottish Government and COSLA of having at least 1% of their budget subject to PB by 2020/21.


The research which was carried out by Glasgow Caledonian University explores a range of issues around participation, equalities and the role of PB in transforming local decision making.


The full report can be downloaded from Scottish Government’s website:



There is also a condensed version of the research findings available here:


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