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Join the Priority Based Budgeting Movement!

, | November 30, 2017 | By

"Quite simply, this is the most powerful budgeting resource that exists in the world. ResourceX continues to build upon and deliver powerful and functional solutions." - Eric Keck, City Manager of Englewood, CO

ResourceX aspires to change the way local governments approach budgeting and resource allocation. Our partner organizations understand that priority based budgeting is a leading best practice for local government. ResourceX provides the software solution to implement a priority based budget and the powerful analytic tools necessary to achieve results for your community.

Check out our "Join the PBB Movement" video here!

We provide the software tools to help your organization develop a program inventory, define results, allocate resources, prioritize services, and analyze data. The design of the analytical tools and reports makes it easy to take action on the data and to yield results for citizens and the community. As the City of Boulder, CO states, "Priority Based Budgeting (tools) serves as the framework within which all budget decisions are made."

As your organization begins to see Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) for what it is, a tool to free up resources and dramatically realign them towards the Results that will create a better future for your community, you'll notice that attention ultimately goes back to the policy-makers. And the question in front of them centers entirely on "what Results" matter most for the success of your society?

At the beginning of 2015, over 80 communities across North America have implemented Priority Based Budgeting (PBB), impacting over 11 million residents across the US and Canada.

Now in late 2017, over 185 cities, counties, school districts and special districts will be practicing PBB and applying PBB data, using the process and tools to reshape the way all of a community's resources are leveraged to achieve transformational Results, and inviting residents further into an authentic role of influence and participation.

Open Data, Transparency & Financial Accountability

The concepts of open government and transparency have been in existence in various forms for many years. What is different today is that the technology exists to provide citizens with truly open access to government information.

The City of Toledo is the first city ever to launch the Open PBB Data Citizen Portal. Toledo is committed to sharing city data with the public to increase transparency, accountability and customer service, and to empower companies, individuals and non-profit organizations with the ability to harness a vast array of useful information to improve life in the city. Toledo Open PBB Data is specifically designed to transparently share all the city's priority based budgeting data with citizens.

Creating Partnerships with the Public

Governments continue to find new ways to leverage private sector money, expertise, innovation and flexibility. This is especially true for states and localities, which in the past 20 years have rapidly expanded the scope, scale and stakes of that leverage. This practice of deeper private sector involvement in public services is broadly known as public-private partnerships, or P3s.

In our work in Priority Based Budgeting, one of the greatest outcomes of the work is the ability to shed light on where to find opportunities for shared services. What if a program was of the highest priority for your citizens, and you found out you were one of several providers of this service in your community? Perhaps a partnership would be an incredible opportunity to produce efficiency in the provision of that program. On the other hand, what if you found a lower priority program for which there were other service providers? Maybe the best approach there would be to consolidate services or even allow the other service provider to take on the program entirely.

Central to PBB is the idea that all local government organizations can determine the role they're suited to serve best within a community, and amongst all potential service providers within a region - identifying the overlap, the potential for partnerships, consolidated services, and spinning off of services between city, county, school district, non-profit and private sector organizations. The end goal is nothing short of the most efficient use of a community's resources as a whole, to achieve the results of a region - it's "bang for the buck" for the provision of public services.

Citizen Engagement and Creating Influence in the Budget Process

Local governments are in the midst of a sea change when it comes to public participation and citizen engagement. The Center for Priority Based Budgeting have been early pioneers of active citizen engagement in obtaining a more significant and meaningful citizen influence on the budget. In 2012, CPBB was part of the largest citizen outreach process ever implemented to facilitate Priority Based Budgeting, as the City of Cincinnati, Ohio conducted a massive initiative including both traditional (town-hall meetings, statistically valid citizen surveying) and cutting edge approaches including online citizen engagement and elections on results.

From difficult budget decisions to tough land use problems, municipal and civic institutions have recognized that legitimately engaging their citizens - from discovering their informed opinions, to inviting their participation in actual solutions - should be a pragmatic priority.

Watch this video and find out if the data-driven decision making Priority Based Budgeting movement is right for you.

Then take this PBB Readiness Assessment Survey!