Announcing DataCenter’s Fall Introductory Research Training

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Please Note: This training has been postponed, new date TBD. If you have questions, please contact Jay Donahue, Program Manager, 510-835-4692 ext 307 or 


Research + Organizing = Power for Low-Wage Workers!

DataCenter is pleased to invite organizations fighting for worker justice to an introductory 1-day training in how to use research to leverage successful organizing campaigns.

Location: 436 14th St, 2nd Floor, Oakland (At 14th and Broadway. Accessible via 12th St BART. Building is ADA accessible)
Date: 11/8/2013

About the Training:

Research is an important aspect of the struggle for worker justice. Low-wage workers often face unjust working conditions and a lack of voice and power on the job to advocate for change on a daily basis. But by building power through the ammunition of information, workers can fight back and effectively expose industries, employers and systems that have created the injustices and shine the light on solutions for change.

DataCenter’s flagship Research 101 trainings provide the framework and tools for translating community knowledge into power for social change. The training will provide a mix of skill-building and leadership development components that empower participants to turn knowledge into informed, strategic and calculated action. Participants will discuss various methods of research to leverage campaigns and inform effective campaign strategy.

The training will support participants to:

• Demystify the research process and redefine notions of “expertise”
• Identify the structural inequities in how knowledge flows in society—i.e. who has access to and ownership of information—and understand DataCenter’s framework of “Research Justice”
• Understand how to strategically design and conduct their own research as a part of larger change strategy
• Learn about research planning, investigative campaign research and other documentation methods such as surveys, focus groups, and interviews*

* Due to limited time, introduction to methods will be basic. DataCenter provides more hands-on training in the various methods to meet the needs of our partners. For more tailored trainings, please contact us.

Upon completion of this training, participants will also receive our newest toolkit: An Organizers Guide to Research Justice, our first ever compilation of our popular research 101 trainings.

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Who is eligible for this training?

Participants must meet the following criteria:

1. Your organization works with low-wage workers or on worker justice issues and;
2. You have an understanding of community organizing or organizing for social change.


DataCenter is offering this training at a subsidized rate for worker justice organizers.

  • $85 for one person
  • $150 for 2 people
  • $40 if you organizational budget is less than $100,000/year

How to Apply:

We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity deepen and expand your research capacity.

Please apply by filling out this short survey.

Application deadline is October 15, 2013!


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Program Manager, Jay Donahue, jay [at] datacenter [dot] org or 510-835-4691 ext 307