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Research Tools

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.

Research Planning
Learn how to integrate research and information for more effective campaign strategies.

Campaign Research & Research Toolkits
Hands-on guides for doing research
that reveals power structure, pressure points, organizing handles and leverage tactics for social justice campaigns. Toolkits focus on how to research specific issues.

Internet Tips
More than a simple how-to on search engines, learn how to quickly get the information you need and to evaluate the sources of your information.

Web Resources
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. Resources include government, non-governmental, policy analyst, activist, advocacy, corporate and media sites.


General Planning & Tips
Campaign Strategy
Ten Campaign Research Steps


Researching Corporations
Researching Individuals
Getting Public Records

Creating Surveys
Creando Encuestas (PDF)


Capturing Air Toxics 411
Challenging FTAA, NAFTA & WTO
Juvenile Justice in California


Company Information

Corporate Responsibility
Education & Schools
Elections 2004
Government Information
Money & Politics

Plan Puebla-Panamá (PPP) - English
Plan Puebla-Panamá (PPP) - Español
Prisons & Criminal Justice
Welfare & Economic Rights
Search Engines & Databases


Using Search Engines
Research & Language
Evaluating Documents

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