On the Isle of Wight, a participatory budgeting program known as UP2U began in Freshwater and Totland in order to engage youth in deciding which healthy eating projects to direct funds toward, allowing them to learn about both democratic decision-making and healthier lifestyles.
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Problems and Purpose
The Department for Communities and Local Government sponsored an Isle of Wight participatory budgeting pilot, UP2U. £20,000 was offered for children and young people in Freshwater and Totland to fund local projects. These projects aimed to improve the health and eating habits of the children and young people in the area. The UP2U Awards Event was digitally interactive, each member of the public was issued a personal voting keypad which they used in order to cast their vote for their favourite local project. UP2U gave young people a chance to make a difference to their own health and lifestyles, and to help others in the future to make the same improvements.
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Methods and Tools Used
This initiative uses participatory budgeting, an increasingly common method of democratic innovation broadly described as "a decision-making process through which citizens deliberate and negotiate over the distribution of public resources." There are many benefits associated with participatory budgeting including increased civic and democratic education; increased government transparency; and an increased opportunity for participation by historically marginalized populations .
What Went On: Process, Interaction and Participation
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned
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