A Strategic Approach to Implementing PBB in the City of Riverside, CA

The City of Riverside, CA started implementing Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) in July 2020. They intentionally designed their implementation to last approximately six months.

The City is strategically implementing PBB to address the following challenges:

  • Identify all programs and services that the City provides;
  • Understand where the City is allocating its resources and how that aligns with the City’s strategic plan;
  • Take initial steps to realign resources to support City Council’s priorities
  • Enhance transparency on allocation of resources based on the who, what, where, and why;
  • Understand what we do, why we do it, and how much it costs;
  • Identify how to fiscally adjust as needed while minimizing the impact on the most critical programs and services;
  • Improve efficiencies in city operations; cross-departmental functions; elimination of duplicate programs and services; partnerships in program delivery;
  • Instill a culture that embraces the interconnectivity of strategic planning, organizational performance and resource alignment

Riverside is still working to institutionalize the use of PBB in their organization, and has made great strides with respect to how to use their insights to transform their financial position.  

Where Riverside has truly excelled is with their executive sponsorship and leadership out of the city manager's office. They have a great, diverse project management team with representatives from all over their organization, who have been effective at communicating the why, where they are going, and their specific and strategic goals.

The following is from the city's priority based budgeting page of their municipal website:

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Celebrating ResourceXcellence: City of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

Achieving ResourceXcellence in
Communication, Accessibility and Accountability

The Super User team in Fort Saskatchewan, John Dance, Shannon Andruchow, and Marley Hanrahan created an environment where City staff and Elected Officials now have a shared programmatic language. This ability to communicate at the program level provides access to crucial data and provides the ability to make data-driven decisions that impact the community and the organization. Their 2021 Operating Budget is evidence of this increased communication by illustrating necessary resources at the program level, putting PBB at the forefront of the discussion. Their hard work provides us the honor of congratulating them on achieving ResourceXcellence in Communication, Accessibility and Accountability.

Learn more about the PBB efforts in Fort Saskatchewan here:
ResourceXchange with John Dance
Capital Budgeting in Fort Saskatchewan
Fort Saskatchewan Operating Budget 2021

Download the full 2020 ResourceX Annual Report here.

Schedule time with the ResourceX team to discuss the outcomes you are facing and let us support you through data creation and application. Whether you are a new organization looking for data or an existing client looking to direct your data towards a specific outcome, the ResourceX team is ready to help!

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