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How to use Alaveteli Pro for investigations and campaigns


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How to use Alaveteli Pro for investigations and campaigns

  1. 1. Alaveteli Pro Monday 23rd September 2019
  2. 2. - What are journalists’ freedom of information needs? - Time for some research... - Why weren’t UK journalists using WhatDoTheyKnow? - How can mySociety help them? - ….Alaveteli Pro
  3. 3. So what is Alaveteli Pro? Three new features: - Managing freedom of information requests more effectively - Placing requests under embargoes - Sending many requests at a click of a button (batch requests) Personally speaking, it’s a game changer...
  4. 4. Managing requests: - The journalist has an overview of their requests - The journalist can classify requests - Prompts the journalist to react
  5. 5. Embargo feature: - The journalist is in control as to when they want to publish their requests - They can publish immediately, or place a 3-month, 6-month or 12- month embargo on their requests
  6. 6. Batch requests: - Journalists can select the authorities they want to send their request to - They receive a daily summary email - And there are graphics so journalists can see how their batch is doing
  7. 7. News stories using Alaveteli Pro...
  8. 8. “Previously I had submitted and managed bulk FOI requests via email. However, staying on top of more than 700 requests would have proven very challenging. I was aware of the WhatDoTheyKnow Pro platform but hadn’t used it before, so thought this would be the ideal opportunity to test it out. “It was useful to have up-to-date contact details for each authority and to be able to send the FOI requests in one go. But probably the most useful feature was the way in which WhatDoTheyKnow Pro tracks the status of each request and shows you when the public body in question has exceeded the statutory time limit. This made it a lot easier to stay on top of which councils needed to be chased and when I needed to do it.” “I don’t think I would have achieved that without WhatDoTheyKnow Pro and, as a result, the investigation and interactive map we created would not have been as comprehensive.”
  9. 9. And now for Helen...