For the second year in a row, the City of San José has invited representatives from neighborhood associations to provide input on the city budget:
From a public participation perspective (how to meaningfully involve people in the decisions that affect them), here are some things to always watch out for:
- How are participants selected? Who gets to have a say?
- What options are on the table and how are they framed? What options are not on the table?
- How will participants’ input influence the decision making? The level of impact, however minimal, should be transparent upfront.
Would love to hear about other group exercises out there beyond “buy a feature”.