Introduction to Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting can be used to solicit community feedback to identify, discuss, and prioritize public spending projects.

It provides 24/7 access to an organization, and the location-enabled project ideas drive community engagement and help efficiently triage ideas to the person or department responsible for project scoping. Input gathered in the public application often makes up for gaps in official knowledge and brings the people and their government closer together as a community. It also allows historically disenfranchised groups to participate, leading to new ideas in government. Participatory Budgeting is typically implemented by planning departments, public works agencies, and other local government agencies that want to increase transparency and solicit feedback from the public and ultimately build a community in which everyone’s voice can be heard.

The Participatory Budgeting solution delivers a set of capabilities that help you solicit project ideas from the public, triage and monitor these ideas, and incorporate popular ideas in future capital improvement plans.

Learn more about the Capital Project Tracking solution.

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This ArcGIS Solution can be deployed in your ArcGIS organization.

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See Deploy an ArcGIS Solution for more information.


Participatory Budgeting requires the following:

  • ArcGIS Online

Information products

Participatory Budgeting includes the following information products:

ItemDescriptionMinimum user type

Participatory Budgeting

An ArcGIS Hub site used by the general public to learn how they can become involved in the participatory budgeting process

Not required

Participatory Budgeting

A Crowdsource Reporter app used by the general public to identify, discuss, and prioritize project ideas

Not required

Participatory Budgeting Manager

A Crowdsource Manager app used by local government personnel to triage project ideas submitted by the general public


Participatory Budgeting Dashboard

An ArcGIS Dashboards app used by local government personnel to monitor project ideas reported by the general public


When you deploy this solution in your ArcGIS organization, you also get an ArcGIS Solution item that organizes the key information products and summarizes all the ArcGIS items (applications, forms, projects, maps, feature layers, feature layer views, and so on) included with the solution. The ArcGIS Solution item also illustrates any dependencies items have on each other.

Release notes

The following are the release notes:



  • First release of Participatory Budgeting