Research Toolkits:

An Introduction to Research Justice aims to build the capacity of grassroots organizers and community members and better equip marginalized communities to reclaim, own, and wield all forms of knowledge and information. With strategic support, the knowledge and information generated by these communities can be used as political leverage to advance their own agendas for change.The toolkit effectively:

  •  Explores the theory of Research Justice – a strategic framework that seeks to transform structural inequities in knowledge production
  •  Advances community-driven research as a powerful tool to build grassroots power
  •  Helps participants choose which research methods will prove most effective for their campaigns and organizing objectives
  •  Employs popular-education techniques to encourage leadership development
Data Feud is tool used to share statistics, survey results and quantitative data in a fun and engaging way. It is an interactive game inspired by the television game show Family Feud. Two teams compete to correctly guess answers to questions that you (or your org) create. Data Feud is a powerful tool that gives life to otherwise stagnant, inaccessible data. Click to read the quick start guide.
A participatory research toolkit on how to do community surveys to support social justice campaigns. It includes information on all stages of the survey process—from deciding to do a survey to analyzing the information you gather. The toolkit is also available in Spanish.
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. Guide to web sites that show how to file Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and public records requests.
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. Includes sections on how to investigate a corporation’s labor and environmental records, as well as their political influence.
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. Web resources are linked.

Issue-Based Research Toolkits:

Air pollution research guide. Includes overview on types of air pollution and what data is collected. Describes major air pollution information sources – non-governmental databases, governmental databases, and compliance and enforcement data – with pointers on where to find them, what data they include, and their strengths and weaknesses.
Provides resources for locating community-specific information that reflects the ways corporate-led globalization affects us at the local level, including job loss, health impacts, privatization of public services, migration and militarization.
How to find criminal justice and juvenile justice information and statistics held by state, county and municipal agencies. Topics include police misconduct and funding, prison expansion, incarceration demographics, criminal justice budgets, campaign contributions. A joint project of the DataCenter and Books not Bars.