Deal or no deal?

Fund It is a participatory democracy tool that gives the community a voice in funding projects and services. It can be a powerful tool for building consensus, educating the public about the costs and compromises inherent in any project, and encouraging them to prioritise the things that are most important to their community. Fund It is both an effective research tool for accurately gauging community sentiment, it empowers users to step into the shoes of decision makers and weigh projects against each other on cost, merit and necessity.

Check out our three examples below using Dollars, Points and points for trade-off.

Dollar + Grid view

Use dollars in Fund It when you have reasonably accurate estimates of cost and you want to engage people on how to spend actual money. Be cautious when money is involved, as people can be tempted to try and game the system for financial benefit.

In this example projects are displayed using the 'Grid View' which displays each item as a card. This is great when you have a larger number of project cards you wish for participants to choose from.

What projects would you like to fund?

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Your remaining budget:

Locals meetup

$10,000

Locals meetup

Sponsor:  Community Group

Strengthen place-based communities with local social clubs

  17 Votes (14%)

Smart crosswalks

$50,000

Smart crosswalks

Sponsor:  Vicroads

Pedestrian crossings that recognise when people approach and manage traffic

  24 Votes (19%)

Farmers market

$75,000

Farmers market

Sponsor:  Farmers association

Promote healthy eating within the community

  22 Votes (18%)

Commissioned Street Art

$15,000

Commissioned Street Art

Sponsor:  Council

Controlling graffiti through commissioned artworks

  28 Votes (22%)

Hammock Nook

$10,000

Hammock Nook

Sponsor:  Council

Tranquility in the city

  20 Votes (16%)

New soccer pitch

$25,000

New soccer pitch

Sponsor:  parks and recreation

A local opportunity for the world's game

  14 Votes (11%)

Points + List view

Configure the Fund It Activity to use points rather than dollars in cases where you don't have exact costings or want to convey relative cost or effort. Using the points format also allows you to take away the stigma often associated to the value of projects, removing the $ amount and potentially removing some of the anger around cost. It can even make it easier for people to understand the importance of a project by removing the cost, this is especially useful with younger members of the community who will see value in a project outcome rather than the cost associated to it.

Points can also be used to find priorities or be used as a trade off tool by assigning an equal point value to all items (1 point), and setting the budget to only allow people to choose one. (See third example)

In this example, items are displayed as panels. This format is ideal when using in a smaller page template, such as a traditional main body / sidebar template.

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Your remaining points:

Locals meetup

10 pts

Locals meetup

Sponsor:  Community Group

Strengthen place-based communities with local social clubs

  17 Votes (14%)

Smart crosswalks

50 pts

Smart crosswalks

Sponsor:  Vicroads

Pedestrian crossings that recognise when people approach and manage traffic

  24 Votes (19%)

Farmers market

75 pts

Farmers market

Sponsor:  Farmers association

Promote healthy eating within the community

  22 Votes (18%)

Commissioned Street Art

15 pts

Commissioned Street Art

Sponsor:  Council

Controlling graffiti through commissioned artworks

  28 Votes (22%)

Hammock Nook

10 pts

Hammock Nook

Sponsor:  Council

Tranquility in the city

  20 Votes (16%)

New soccer pitch

25 pts

New soccer pitch

Sponsor:  parks and recreation

A local opportunity for the world's game

  14 Votes (11%)

Trade off

Points can be used to find priorities or be used as a trade off tool by assigning an equal point value to all items (1 point), and setting the budget to only allow people to choose one.

In this example, using potential slides for a new playground installation, shows the items are displayed in a list. This format is ideal when you only have a few items to select from in a tree off format.

Which playground slide do you want to see us build?

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Council is able to build one of three slides in the new playground. Each slide below is affordable, can be built and maintained but we only have space for one. You can help us decide by choosing the one you like the most and which you feel will add more fun to the new playground.
Your remaining points:

Double 'race' slide

1 pts

Double 'race' slide

Who will be fastest?

  2 Votes (100%)

Enclosed slippery dip

1 pts

Enclosed slippery dip

Who dares ride the tallest slippery dip in the west?

  0 Votes (0%)

Twisty McTwisty Slide

1 pts

Twisty McTwisty Slide

Round and Round and Round!

  0 Votes (0%)