Budgeting element


Maptionnaire has two participatory budgeting elements, both of which are included in the Gamified decision-making module. These are called the budgeting (example above) and geobudgeting elements, and they both allow the respondent to participate in the allocation of resources such as funds or CO2 emissions. The geobudgeting element also enables the respondent to place the budgeted items on a map.

To see an example of how these elements can be used in a questionnaire, please see this link. 

How to use the budgeting element:

  1. Add the budgeting element to your questionnaire. Its settings are divided into three tabs: Basic, Extra and Dataname. The drawbuttons (the buttons that the respondent clicks to choose that option and place it on the map) also have four settings tabs: Basic, Extra, Style and Dataname.


    First, go to the Basic settings and write the question in Question label. Enter your budget in numbers (without commas between thousands, i.e. 10000 instead of 10,000). Enter the unit of the budget. The unit symbol is placed after the number by default, but you can change that from the Extra settings tab by switching on Unit first.

  2. Choose whether you want the respondents to be able to choose each item only once or several times.

  3. Enter the individual items and their cost. In the Extra settings tab for each item you can also write short descriptions. Dataname settings only contain the individual item's data name, which will be used to distinguish that item in the results Excel sheet.

  4. Under the main Extra settings tab for the element, you can choose to randomize the items, place the unit before the budget amount, and hide the progress bar that tells the participant how much of the budget they have used. The response settings contain the data name for this question.

 Pro tip

When you're asking people to vote, you may also want to include a mechanism to confirm that the voter has made their final decision. Instead of counting only the votes of those respondents who clicked Done at the end of the survey, we recommend using the Single checkbox element for this. Include it somewhere close to the voting questions (e.g. on the same page). If you have voting questions on several pages, you can include a "I confirm my vote on this page"-checkbox on each of them.

When thinking of the placement of the checkbox on the page, please remember that the screen sizes of the devices that the voters use may vary a great deal, with smaller screens necessitating scrolling down the page to see all questions.

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