Exposing the Invisible: A great resource for anyone who wants to use digital investigation tools to uncover corruption or rights abuses or to carry out ‘information activism’.

School of Data: This website provides lots of useful guides, tips and stories about how to ‘use data effectively’ in order to ‘create more equitable and effective societies’.

Development, Impact and You (DIY) Toolkit: This toolkit helps users ‘invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results’. You may specifically like to look at their theory of change worksheets. 

Design Kit: Created by the leading design company, IDEO, this toolkit aims to help people address real-world needs and problems through collaborations that work to transform data into actionable ideas.


Note-taking and data collection resources.

Evernote (available in 20+ language) allows you to scan and photograph documents to add to your research. 

Zotero is a popular free and open source software used by many researchers. It’s useful for compiling research referencing lists and making notes on these references. 

Bellingcat provides advice and resources to support citizen journalists to collaborate and carry out investigations.

Ushahidi can be useful if you want to support lots of people to geographically map place-based information or reports via the internet or mobile phone. 

Survey Monkey allows you to create simple surveys for free, or more elaborate ones for a price.