Reviewing the values and overall aims of the PB process will help the young people to identify what are the most important impacts that should be measured. You can download few sample exercises helpful with evaluation here.
An effective way to gather feedback with a large number of people is through an evaluation survey. These can be administered to all participants at the end of a school or youth participatory budget. An example can be downloaded here.
For a more enduring celebration you can also add a notice, sign or plaque to an item that identifies it as an outcome of the PB process. For example, fixed onto new seating or benches, a water fountain in a playground, or in front of a newly planted tree. In this way, everyone will know that the item is a result of the PB process.
The most common way of selecting projects is through adopting various forms of voting, ideally within rules or procedures which are laid down at the beginning of the process. If you are working with younger children, using picture ballots may be useful. You can download a template here.
The most common way of selecting projects is through adopting various forms of voting, ideally within rules or procedures which are laid down at the beginning of the process. You can design your own ballot by modifying the template, which is available to download here.
It is usual at the Deliberate and Decide stage of a participatory budgeting process to hold a voting process. There will be a number of things to consider. These might include whether the vote happens face to face or online, over an extended period or at a specific event. These should all be considered by the co-design team and shared with those making proposals, and of course those voting.
One of the hardest decisions is how many votes, and of what value should each participant be given. This is discussed further on the next page. Adopting the right voting system can aid deliberation and fairness.
There is no right answer, but experience shows there are various design considerations between which you might choose. Which is chosen should be based on your own situation and agreed and ideally tested before the day to avoid mistakes.