Budget accountability and transparency are well-established practices of good governance. Budget participation is less familiar. We are committed to supporting local governments in all three of these areas with free learning resources that focus on real world cases.

BA Monthly

Thursday, April 12, 2018
2:00 ET

Charlottesville Connects, presented by Maya Kumazawa, Budget & Management Analyst.

Learn about the concise reporting and innovative marketing used by the home town of Thomas Jefferson.

BA Monthly is a short, recurring series in which clients share how they use Balancing Act.


Quick Start: Build your Sim in Three Weeks.

April 11, 18 & 25 2018, 2:00 ET


Getting Started with Taxpayer Receipt

Apr 17, 2018, 2:00 ET


Large City/County Usergroup

April 18, 2018, 2:00 ET



May 16, 2018, 2:00 ET


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Bibliography of Research Articles

  • Would You Like a Receipt with That? An Information-Sharing Tool for Enhancing Citizen Engagement

    Whitney Afonso, Public Management Bulletin, University of North Carolina School of Government, 2014.

  • Citizen participation in budgeting
    Carol Ebdon, and Aimee Franklin. 2006. Public Administration Review 66:437-17

  • Raise Taxes, Cut Services, or Lay Off Staff: Citizens in the Fiscal Retrenchment Process.
    Benedict S. Jimenez, 2013. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

  • A Dynamic Method of Citizen Preference Revelation.
    Mark Robbins and Bill Simonsen, 2002. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, 14(3), 445-461

  • Civic Engagement and Local Fiscal Attitudes

    2013 Survey of Californians, Center for California Studies, Civic Engagement and Local Fiscal Attitudes: 2013 Survey of Californians

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Balancing Act is used by more than 100,000 students in classrooms.

PBS' NewsHour has put together a lesson plan to help you use Balancing Act in the Classroom. This free resource will help teachers to get the most out of the interactive model of the US budget we produce in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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La Plata County, Colorado

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