DataCenter’s research tools are designed to help organizers and activists think strategically about the role of information in developing actions and campaigns – and to provide a practical guide for doing effective campaign research.
The tools are organized in a sequence to take you through the research-for-action process, from formulating answerable research questions to sources and tips for finding the information you need. You can also jump directly to the section you need using the list on the right.
**New!** Data Feud Toolkit
This toolkit walks you through the research project planning process.
This toolkit provides an overview of an interview project.
Quick tips for planning and doing research. Includes general guidelines for developing research expertise, documenting sources, using Internet search engines, and doing library research.
Questions to ask about the goals and feasibility of your campaign – before you start researching.
Use this outline to make your research plan.
A participatory research toolkit on how to do community surveys to support social justice campaigns.
Overview on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and public records laws that can be used to obtain information from federal, state, and local agencies.
Target research guide: includes how to put together a corporate profile, sample research questions, information sources on the Web, pointers to which government agencies have what corporate information and how to go about getting it.
Target research guide: provides an overview of information that is available about a wide range of individuals, and a list of information sources for each type of information.
Data Feud is a tool used to share statistics, survey results and quantitative data in a fun and engaging way.
Learn how to quickly get the information you need and to evaluate the sources of your information
Find some of the best places to begin your research for crucial information on corporations, political influence, government policies and programs, and socially just alternatives.
Issue-Based Research Toolkits
Air pollution research guide
Provides resources for locating community-specific information that reelects the way corporate-led globalization affects us at the local level.