A Community Foundation initiative
Alternative Budget Initiatives
Alternative budget initiatives are used to take a fresh approach to public sector budgets. They involve a range of organisations coming together to analyse an existing budget, explore the positive and negative impacts on specific groups or issues, challenge the government on specific budgetary choices, and often to form a comprehensive parallel budget.
Public Conversations Project Dialogue
Public Conversations Project Dialogue (PCP Dialogue) is appropriate for exploring deeply divisive topics that are not easily resolved through compromise. Such issues are often rooted in deeply personal aspects of identity, values and worldviews, and often undermine the creation of a cooperative and constructive style of interaction within a community.
Local and Global Civic Innovation Tools
Top Tips For Civic Innovation
Include everyone who should be included
Depending on who your group is, or who you want to represent when you are engaging with decision-makers, you will need to consider how you are ensuring that you are really enabling all relevant voices to be heard.
Increasingly, if an individual or group wants to engage with and influence decision making, it is essential to have the information and evidence to back up its case.
Politicians like to know what is going on in their constituencies.