Data and Accountability: A Primer for Activists Monitoring Political Processes


Activists have a plethora of tactics and tools at their disposal to hold their governments accountable. One of the most versatile and influential components of an activist’s toolbox is data.

By conducting political process monitoring activities that use rigorous methodology in collecting data and evidence, civil society can press for greater government transparency and accountability. This type of data-driven action has the potential to reshape civil society’s reputation, strengthen relationships across stakeholder groups, and instill confidence in the community that both government and civil society are working toward the greater common good.

In this primer you will find top tips for collecting data, best practices on how data can be used by activists, lessons learned on the challenges of collecting good data, how data can be used to amplify your existing work, and a list of useful resources.