Free and low priced tools to help you use data to amplify your story.
Get the context you need to really show the impact of the work you are doing. There are many places to access local, state, national and international data–and many of those sources have data tools right on their web sites to help you quickly find what you need. From U.S. Census data about the neighborhoods you serve to federal data to help you compare your clients to national averages, check out our list of free public public data sources here.
Data can be intimidating, but it can also help you keep track of your achievements. While we offer many services to help you collect and manage your data, we also love many of the free and low cost tools that are out there to at least get you started on your own. Check out our list of free and low cost data management tools here.
Surveys are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get information from a lot of people. Survey platforms are widely available, and many are free or cheap–at least to start. But the world of survey platforms can quickly get confusing. We can help you create and analyze a survey, but there are also a lot of resources for you to do it on your own. Check out our roundup of free and low cost survey tools here.
Need a little help learning how to use a data or research tool? Want to take your skills to the next level, or support your staff’s professional development. We offer one-on-one and group training on many skills and tools, but there are also many free and low cost training web sites out there. Check out our roundup of free and low cost training sites here.
Infographics, maps and other visualizations have quickly become one of the best ways of getting stories across quickly, and with impact. Developing these on your own can be intimidating, and we can help you with your data visualization needs, but there are a lot of tools out there to help you tell your story with visuals. Learn more about our favorite free and low cost data visualization tools here.
Other Community Organizing Resources
Community Toolbox (from the University of Kansas)
Languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi
An immense (and free!) resource for community organizations working to create social change. From the web site: “Millions of people use the Community Tool Box each year to get help taking action, teaching, and training others in organizing for community development. Dive in to find help assessing community needs and resources, addressing social determinants of health, engaging stakeholders, action planning, building leadership, improving cultural competency, planning an evaluation, and sustaining your efforts over time.” Visit the Community Toolbox here.
Public Sociology Toolkit (from Meredith Williams and Janae Teal)
Information about a wide variety of social science data collection skills (like focus groups and interviews), with tips and tricks on how to teach yourself the tools. Skills discussed include: community mapping, content analysis, grant writing, needs assessments, survey research and much more. Visit the Public Sociology Toolkit here.