Sometimes “making the case” is not just about words. When it comes to public budgets, research has shown that allowing people to get their hands dirty with the actual work of setting priorities and making budget decisions improves their understanding for and support of public structures. That’s why we were pleased to read in the Washington Post about a new do-it-yourself federal budgeting tool developed by the Concord Coalition. Go ahead, give it a try. The tool will give you a sense of the pros and cons of the potential choices and allow you to share your results via social media.