Tuesday, April 3, 2012

City of Cincinnati Underway with Most Extensive Citizen Engagement Process Ever Associated with Priority Based Budgeting

Our thanks to The Novak Consulting Group for partnering with us on this incredible project for the City of Cincinnati!

Priority-Driven Budgeting
Your City. Your Priorities. Your Voice.

What Is Priority-Driven Budgeting?

Priority-driven budgeting puts citizens at the center of the budget decision-making process.

Through priority-driven budgeting, you tell government about what kind of community you want. Then, government programs are scored against your priorities to better match spending with your wants and needs.

Priority-driven budgeting helps the City of Cincinnati government to answer these questions:
  • What are we in "business" to do?
  • What exactly do we do?
  • How do we figure out what is "core" or what is of the highest importance?
  • How do we know we are successful?
  • How do we ask better questions that lead to better decisions about what we do and why we do it?

How Can I Take Part?

There are six open sessions to gather public input:
Tuesday, April 10 at 11 a.m. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Main Branch Downtown
800 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.Pleasant Ridge Recreation Center
5915 Ridge Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45213
Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Hartwell Recreation Center
8275 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45216
Monday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Dunham Recreation Center
4356 Dunham Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45238
Tuesday, April 17 at 6 p.m.The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Avondale Branch
3566 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45229
Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.College Hill Recreation Center
5545 Belmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45224
Online Collaboration: Visit the Priority-Driven Budgeting wiki and Facebook page to share ideas and discuss priorities with other residents and businesses.

What's Next?

After the public input, which also includes focus group sessions and a survey component, the consultants will develop a strategy map for each outcome that serves as a visual representation of how to achieve the desired result. Then the City will review existing programs to determine if they are sized in a way that produce a clear result, and rank them against the desired outcomes identified by citizens.  

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