Valpurinpuisto Park. Drawing: Minna Alanko, City of Helsinki Material Bank.

OmaStadi starts in autumn with 8.8 million euro budget

The second round of the OmaStadi participatory budgeting starts in the autumn of 2020. The implementation of the participatory budgeting has been restructured according to a decision by the Helsinki City Board. The changes to the implementation of OmaStadi are based on the feedback received from residents and city experts concerning the positives and negatives of the first round.

The implementation period will be increased to two years and, at the same time, the appropriation allocated for it is also doubled. The sum is now 8.8 million euros, instead of the 4.4 million euros allocated previously. The longer implementation period gives more time for joint development and interaction with the city residents. After the voting, sufficient time is also needed for the implementation of the projects, before the next round. The appropriation is still allocated in the same way, 80 per cent to the major districts according to their respective populations and 20 per cent to the city’s joint projects.
The costs for an individual proposal in the voting can be no more than 50 per cent of the total budget for the area.

Collaboration for non-discrimination and diversity in the proposals

OmaStadi is a common thing for all the city residents and the objective is that the different neighbourhoods and many city residents participate in the brainstorming, in making the proposals and in the voting. Interaction, collaboration and combining of ideas is increased on the next round of the participatory budgeting in order to develop more diverse proposals.

During the first round, there were many similar plans put up for vote, whose votes were spread out and made it harder for the plans to thrive in the voting. In the second round, there will be Raksa workshops in the areas, where ideas for the same service, object or other otherwise combinable ideas can be moulded into one idea. There will also be theme-based workshops, where the makers of the proposals meet with city experts to further develop the ideas.

In the voting, the voters can choose among the plans of an optional major district and the city's joint plans. Every Helsinki resident who has turned 12 during the voting year or is older than that can vote. The development of the voting results can be followed in real time during the upcoming round as well. In contrast to the first round, the voter can no longer make changes in the votes that they have already cast.

OmaStadi has been developed jointly with the city residents

The participatory budgeting has been developed openly and in an engaging way. Both city residents and city employees have participated in the development activities. Data to support the development has been collected in feedback surveys, interviews and workshops. The meetings and discussions at workshops, at events and on social media have been important sources of information in the development. The collaboration with the University of Helsinki and the BIBU project has produced valuable information for the evaluation and development of the process. Important information and insights have also been provided through the interviews and results of student theses.

The realisation of the 44 OmaStadi projects that were voted to be implemented in the first round started at the Starttiraksa events arranged in late February and early March. At the events, the residents and city experts who participated in the making of the OmaStadi plans worked together to polish the details of the plans. The goal is that as many of the plans as possible would be completed during 2020, but the current situation caused by the coronavirus may cause delays in the schedule. The first projects are expected to be completed in the summer of 2020.
Check the progress of the projects.

Further information:

Kaupunginhallituksen päätösasiakirja 16/04.05.2020 (In Finnish)

City residents’ votes in the participatory budgeting City of Helsinki’s participatory budgeting voting 2019 ( Research Review, Pdf, In Finnish)

Midterm evaluation of the city’s participatory budgeting OmaStadi 2018–2019 (BIBU project)


Valpurinpuisto Park. Drawing: Minna Alanko, City of Helsinki Material Bank.