you have a research plan, you have specific research questions
and you're ready to find answers. The focus is on how to
find information that reveals pressure points, organizing
handles, power structure analyses and leverage tactics for
social justice campaigns.
where the DataCenter's campaign research tools come in.
Here you'll find hands-on research guides that you can use
to do your research. Designed to be useful to seasoned campaign
researchers and folks who are just starting out, these research
guides provide quick access to tips and sources.
A participatory research toolkit on how to do community
surveys to support social justice campaigns. It includes
information on all stages of the survey processfrom
deciding to do a survey to analyzing the information you
Public Records (2003)
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
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
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.
and Dry in the Smoggy Skies...? Overcoming the Challenges
in Capturing Air Toxics 411 (2004)
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. Download
Toolkit (11 pages, PDF, requires
the FTAA, NAFTA & the WTO:
A Community Research Toolkit (2003)
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.
(457kb PDF, requires free Adobe
Your Right to Know: A Research Guide on Juvenile Justice
in California (2003)
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
PDF (333 kb, requires free Adobe