• Alidade is an interactive tool that explains what to look for when using technology for social change. It can be used to create a plan for finding technology tools that suits your social change projects.
  • DataBasic is a suite of easy-to-use web tools for beginners that introduce concepts of working with data. These simple tools make it easy to work with data in fun ways, so you can learn how to find great stories to tell.
  • What Makes a Good Data Science for Social Good Project? In this article, The University of Chicago share some helpful tips and requirements for writing a successful project. Many considerations are made when choosing a project, some of which relate to the goals and some of which are practical – get a better idea of what is looked at when a project’s potential is being evaluated.
  • Open Data E-Learning Modules: This 13 lesson programme is designed to enable you to discover what open data is and how it is changing the lives of everyone on our planet.
  • A guide to engaging with your government on the SDGs: The guide draws on our experiences in Kenya and Tanzania on the use of multiple sources of data to monitor progress on SDG 5. It provides information about some of the main opportunities, challenges and strategies for civil society engagement with government on SDG monitoring and accountability and will be updated on an ongoing basis.
  • Chapter 3: Verifying User-Generated Content, by Claire Wardle: Though the chapter is primarily focused on social media content, the process outlined here of “Provenance – Source – Data – Location” could also be very relevant for some citizen-generated data initiatives.
  • Engaging people around your data: some useful tips here on how to engage people around any kind of data-driven project, making sure there are ways for people to ‘fact check’ and verify the data, and constructive ways to contribute.
  • Crowdsourcing the price of water: some useful lessons for running citizen-generated data initiatives are included here, such as partnering with local NGOs, and including validation mechanisms in the platform.
  • GeoJournalism.org: provides a great selection of tutorials on collecting and wrangling data about the environment, and visualising it once collected.
  • Public Laboratory: provides guides and support on building kites, balloons and sensors for mapping.
  • Learning how to map and visualise data: a long, detailed set of links on how to use online volunteer map programmes like OpenStreetMap, the free GIS software QGIS and visualisation libraries like D3.
  • Six lessons for effective feedback loops: from GroundTruth on how to create an effective information circle that allows local voices to be heard, and increases the impact of the grassroots information activists.
  • A code of conduct for digital crowd-sourcing projects related to humanitarian, development and human rights projects. It’s an open, editable Google Doc setting out a list of things that any organisation that launches a digital crowdsourcing project should do.
  • Anonymising your data: This code of practice describes steps an organisation can take to ensure that anonymisation is conducted effectively, while retaining useful data. It will be useful for organisations who want to collect personal data, turn it into anonymised information and distribute it later.
  • Witness LAB: looking at the potential of eyewitness video to report, monitor and advocate for human rights, in collaboration with Google News Lab.
  • Guide to running a citizen science project: by Zooniverse, one of the largest crowdsourcing websites. It includes a useful checklist to help you decide whether a citizen science project is feasible, and whether you have the resources to go ahead with it.
  • Enhancing Land Monitoring EffectivenessWritten primarily for land rights advocates in Asia, this publication compiles easy-to-read articles on how to effectively undertake land reform monitoring, which contributes to CSOs’ evidence-based advocacy. The articles are based on lectures and presentations from an ANGOC/Land Watch Asia training program in May 2013 on land reform monitoring. The training sessions built on NGO participants’ knowledge and skills on effective monitoring, focusing on research methods, policy analysis, report writing, and social media for advocacy.

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