Balancing Act is a fun and easy way for residents to learn about public budgets and the choices their elected officials face in the budgeting process. It allows participants to try allocating funds— expressing their priorities and preferences — but also requires them to balance spending and revenue.
Balancing Act was designed for those individuals interested in taking an active role in making their community better by sharing their voice.
Budgets are, arguably, the most direct way a community expresses what is important. Should the focus be parks and recreation? Public health? Police? Helping the homeless? If the answer is yes to all—how are we going to pay for it?
Balancing Act brings people and government officials closer together in an informed conversation about what priorities are in everyone's best interests. Because it is online it is accessible to anyone at anytime and is far more convenient than a traditional public meeting or budget hearing.
Balancing Act is designed to meet the public engagement needs of governments of all types: municipalities, school districts, counties, states and even nations. It can accommodate different world currencies and languages. In addition, Balancing Act’s flexible interface means that non-profits, advocacy organizations, foundations and others can use the app either for internal use (such as facilitating board discussions about a budget) or to educate and get feedback from the public on an entire budget or issue.
Balancing Act was created by Engaged Public, a public policy consulting firm specializing in engagement-driven strategies.
Our mission is to bridge people and policy through meaningful, productive dialogue and other innovative tools. Over the course of our nearly 20 years in service, we have worked on some of the most complex and challenging issues facing our nation, from healthcare reform to education standards and water quality.
For more information about Engaged Public please visit us at engagedpublic.com