The Campaign Research Toolkit is a how-to guide for grassroots organizations conducting community-driven campaign research. It’s the product of over ten years of experience working with grassroots organizations to develop strategic and effective campaigns for change. The toolkit contains user-friendly activities, worksheets, and case-study discussions that demystify the process of campaign research for organizations and their membership.
Our Voices, Our Land: A Guide to Community Based Strategies for Mapping Indigenous Storiesis a toolkit that assists native and tribal communities in using storytelling and mapping for cultural preservation. Many native and tribal communities across the US constantly struggle to protect their land, cultural resources, and sacred sites against development and resource extraction. Our Voices, Our Land features guides on how to gather stories and combine them with digitally mapped locations of community assets. It details research planning processes, how to conduct interviews, and how to create maps using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS).
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.
Documenting Our Lives (2012) We, community members and organizers, are experts of our own communities. We are at the forefront of what is happening in our workplaces, neighborhoods and homes, and are in the best position to articulate the problems and provide the necessary meaningful solutions. By decolonizing research, we are putting research into our hands and reclaiming community knowledge to build grassroots power, self-determination and liberation.