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.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 ET
Kansas City's Award-Winning Resident Engagement
Along with Cities of San Antonio and Virginia Beach, Kansas City was among the first cohort of local governments in 2015 to embrace online simulation as a key component of budget engagement. They are trailblazers in many ways, and so deserving of GFOA's Award for Excellence. On Wednesday, March 20, KCMO's budget officer, Scott Huizenga, will share their comprehensive program to involve residents in the five-year business plan during an installment of Balancing Act Monthly.
Bibliography of Research Articles
A Holistic Approach to Studying Budget Preferences: Using Interactive Budget Tools for Social Science Research
John D’Attoma, Kim-Lee Tuxhorn, Sven Steinmo, Midwest Political Science Association, At Chicago, 2018
When budget surveys fall short
Chris Adams, American City and County, 2018
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
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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