Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Citizen Engagement: In Ink & a Focus of 2013 CPBB Conference

In a recent Governing article, Citizen Budgeting Related to Better Outcomes, staff writer J.B. Wogan outlines the patchwork of efforts local government deploy to involve citizens in establishing budget priorities. The article cites efforts made by Hampton, VA and Chicago, IL in inviting public comment into the budgeting process in order to obtain better performance outcomes.

The Center for Priority Based Budgeting, in partnership with groups such as the Davenport Institute of Public Policy and Peak Democracy, has been an early pioneer of active citizen engagement in obtaining better performance outcomes. In 2012, CPBB successfully led the city of Cincinnati, Ohio through  priority based budgeting (see past blog post here).

“Priority-driven budgeting offers a common-sense, strategic alternative to conventional budgeting. It creates a fundamental change in the way resources are allocated by using a collaborative, evidence-based approach to measure services against community priorities. By bringing together community leaders and citizens to determine strategic priorities, the city can align resources with what the community values most, and create service efficiencies and innovation.”- Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls

To emphasize the value CPBB places on citizen engagement, we are excited to announce that Pete Peterson (Davenport Institute of Public Policy) will be a featured speaker presenting The Power of Legitimate Citizen Engagement at the 2013 CPBB "Summit of Leading Practices" Annual Conference.

Pete Peterson's work, and that of the Davenport Institute stands at the forefront of authentic citizen engagement. 
Pete was the first executive director of Common Sense California, an organization that promotes and supports citizen engagement as a way of producing more creative policy decisions and better citizens. He developed the organization's annual Citizen Engagement Grant Program, which has provided over $200,000.00 in grants over the last two years to municipalities and school districts across California. Peterson has also consulted on several of these "participatory planning" and "participatory budgeting" projects in cities ranging from Salinas to Palmdale. Peterson has co-created and currently co-facilitates the training seminar, "Leadership through Civic Engagement" - a program offered to California leaders from city planners to regional officials. To date over 350 city, county, school district, and nonprofit officials have attended these seminars. He has written extensively on public engagement for an array of print and online journals. Peterson earned his BA in history from George Washington University, and an MPP from Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy. He was also a public affairs fellow at The Hoover Institution in 2006.

Learn what legitimate citizen engagement is all about, and how it can support Priority Based Budgeting. Also hear how the Davenport Institute can work with your city government, school district, and civic organization in a variety of ways - from speaking to your community about the virtues and possibilities of civic engagement, to their Public Engagement Grant Program, which offers communities up to $25,000 to carry out legitimate engagement projects.

The Center for Priority Based Budgeting has benefited from the Davenport Institute's mission and dedication to civic engagement. Through the Institute's Public Engagement Grant Program, both the City of Walnut Creek, CA and the City of Fairfield, CA were recipients of grant support for their work in bringing citizens into the Priority Based Budgeting process.

Priority Based Budgeting has been an effective mechanism to create a successful role for citizens to influence their communities. We couldn't be more honored to have Pete Peterson, Executive Director of the Davenport Institute, on the program as he brings to life stories of success in "legitimate civic engagement."

The 2013 "Summit of Leading Practices" is the ONLY conference where all of ICMA's Leading Practices for Local Government Management (and more) come together under one roof. 

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Brought to you by the Center for Priority Based Budgeting (CPBB) and the
International City/County Management Association (ICMA), in partnership with the Alliance for Innovation (AFI).

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