The tracking, compilation and dissemination
of community data is a powerful tool to increase a group’s or an
organizer’s ability to leverage power among those in decision-making
positions and/or increase momentum around an issue. One of CEHRC’s
main objectives is to assist groups who are testing for lead and other
hazards to use data to strengthen their position of holding those responsible
for endangering the health of community residents accountable.
University of Kansas' Community
This online resource was created “to promote community health and
development by connecting people, ideas and resources.”
Advocacy Research. This chapter navigates the process of
finding and using data as a tool for making change.
This database from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
is the only bibliographic database exclusively dedicated to housing and
community development issues.
The Library’s “Sources of Government Information of Broad
Scope” includes collections of economic data, finance information,
documents, and legal research.
ActionPA is a Pennsylvania-based center for organizing. This site includes
step-by-step guides to researching corporations
These pages provide links and descriptions of groups that track contributions.
Washington University - Vancouver's Directory
of Political Advocacy Groups
In the “Directory of United States Lobbyists,” lobbyists are
organized by issues on which they work.
University of Wisconsin's Comm-Org
Comm-Org offers extensive information with well-annotated links in sections
such as the Health
Organizing and Training
Justice Health Union (EJHU)
T his organization works to "identify tools to help environmental
justice activists and environmental health professionals work together
to stop environmental disease in poor minority communities in the United
Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC)
Evaluation Working Group's page provides links to information
about evaluation or assistance in conducting an evaluation project to
assess public health and other programs.
This organization aims to foster consumer and community involvement in
shaping the U.S. health system.
Healthy Child Healthy World is a national non-profit organization that
educates the public, specifically parents and caregivers, about environmental
toxins that affect children’s health. Take a walk through a virtual
home to find typical household dangers. Statistics and action sections
OC is a nonprofit membership organization promoting the effective use
of technology to enhance grassroots organizing, research, and movement
Vancouver Community Network (VCN) Citizen's
This is a comprehensive grassroots organizing guide.
A project of the North American Association for Environmental Education,
this site provides links to information on grants, resources, and projects
related to environmental education.
Health Coalition (EHC)
EHC organizes and advocates to protect public health and the environment
threatened by toxic pollution, usingsocial change strategies to bring
communities together for action.
National Safety Council's Children’s
Environmental Health Links page
This page has a listing of organizations working for children’s
The Freedom of Information Act is a law that basically allows the public
to access information from agencies of the federal government. It is thus
an important research and awareness tool for communities and individuals.
American Civil Liberties Union Step-by-Step
Guide to Using the Freedom of Information Act
This is the ACLU's
guide to using the Freedom of Information Act. Find out about government
agencies, and how to make a request. Look at sample letters and make your
Public Citizen Freedom
of Information Clearinghouse
This site can help you use your right to access information about the
government. It has many helpful articles,
to File a FOIA Request and Online
Directories and Search engines for Federal Government Information.