Working knowledge of public-sector budgeting processes and the importance of citizen participation.
This training is intended for budget staff, finance officers, city/county managers, elected officials, and others involved with helping to define priorities for the organization or coordinate an effective budget process.
In its simplest form, a budget is a plan of allocating resources to meet goals. Best practice in developing a budget requires that organizations first identify priorities, establish goals, consider performance data, and create a process for decision making that will align spending to best achieve results. However, for anyone that has ever been through a government budget process, this is much easier said than done. This session will provide practical guidance for governments looking to improve their budget by more closely aligning the budget to community priorities. Speakers will discuss how to best engage the public in a priority setting, which methods of citizen participation are most effective, how to structure programs to align with priorities, tools to help decision makers consider priorities, how to best evaluate if outcomes are being achieved, and how to communicate key budget messages with elected officials, departments, and the public.
Those who successfully complete this seminar should be able to:
- Use different citizen participation strategies to obtain input on community priorities
- Define priorities in a way that facilitates good budgeting
- Identify key components of a budget process that are essential for facilitating resource alignment with community priorities
- Communicate to department staff how to develop budget proposals that align with community priorities
- Use different tools for helping with decision making
- Effectively communicate budget decisions with the public and other key stakeholders