Wirkungsnachweis aus der Literatur

Kurzfristig (< 1 Jahr)
Makro (Gesellschaft)

generating change through teamwork within the project

Mitsprache und Mitgestaltung

Working as a team, the young people felt they had a strong sense of the project's goals, and worked together to sort through various ideas. A focus group participant highlighted the importance of teamwork in the narrowing down process: "We had a big packet of all the ideas that people collected for our certain groups. So, I had public safety, and I liked how we got to meet, ‘cause I'm in a smaller group, we got to meet, we got to talk about the ideas. We decided how much impact and need the community had for it and I thought that was really important because we were actually seeing the changes we'll make with the ideas that we had."

Beschreibung der Aktivität

Youth Lead the Change: Participatory Budgeting Boston (YLC) program
Participatory budgeting [PB] is a relatively new civic engagement tool that provides community members the opportunity to identify issues and develop solutions to address these issues. [...] PB is a democratic process whereby community members determine how to spend governmental funds. [...] Consistent with the empowerment theory, PB is a potential mechanism for engaging historically underrepresented populations, such as youth, in governmental decision making. [...] Youth-led PB is relatively new, occurring in select U.S. cities. During youth-led PB, youth collect ideas, develop proposals, and advertise community improvement projects for which they, citywide, cast deciding votes. [...] During the study period (fiscal year 2015–2016), the MYC was responsible for YLC, the first youth-led PB process in the United States. The mayor of Boston set aside $1 million capital funds for youth, aged 12–25 years, to identify city priorities and develop capital projects to address these priorities. As a function of their role on the MYC, youth council members were responsible for overseeing the PB process.
47 change agents 3.087 youths who voted on the capital projects
12-25 years
Gemeinschaft/ Gemeinden/ Kommunen

Evaluierung der Aktivität

Data collection included individual interviews with 31 youths and adult stakeholders, 3 focus groups with youths, and 7 observations of meetings. The data were analyzed using consensual qualitative research methods. […] Phase one of data analysis was guided by the consensual qualitative research method developed by Hill, Thompson, and Williams (1997). This method of analysis enhances rigor in qualitative research by using coders and an auditor that work together to strengthen the validity of findings (Hill et al., 2005). [...] During the next phase of analysis, the research team consulted the literature on the empowerment of youth and coded the data deductively based on Zimmerman's (1995) PE model of empowerment. Using Zimmerman's three components of empowerment–intrapersonal, interactional, behavioral–the data were placed into categories and subcategories.
27 semi-structured interviews with youth council members three focus groups with 32 youth involed in the PB process observation of seven general monthly meetings