Participatory Planning and Budgeting (PPB) is a process that puts decision-making control directly in the hands of the community most impacted by the issues being addressed. For this project, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) partnered with Tacoma Public Schools to implement PPB at an elementary, middle, and high school in the Eastside neighborhood of Tacoma. Students at each school formed advisory groups, collected ideas from their classmates, developed proposals, and voted on which of their ideas to fund. In addition to the selected interventions coming directly from the community and their priorities, benefits of the process include increased social connections among students and increased likelihood of continued civic engagement.
Identify staff and partners who can be early adopters. Provide staff and partners with capacity and skill-building (through training, etc.) to be able to execute this kind of process. Create process improvements within your organization (financial, etc.) that allow this kind of process to run smoothly, such as flexibility around sole-source thresholds, small community contracting processes, and more. Identify projects or pots of money that could be used to pilot and implement PPB for your organization. Share results, lessons learned, and more to disseminate the practice within your organization as well as to partners and the community beyond.