How to use Alaveteli Pro for investigations and campaigns
Monday 23rd September 2019
- 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
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...
- The journalist has an
overview of their
- The journalist can
- Prompts the journalist
- The journalist is in
control as to when
they want to
- They can publish
place a 3-month,
6-month or 12-
on their requests
- Journalists can
want to send their
- They receive a
- And there are
journalists can see
how their batch is
“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.”