DPI Organizing Lab

DPI Organizing Lab

The DPI Organizing Lab is a collaboration of base-building groups to support the collection and analysis of organizing data that can be used to evaluate their organizing programs, with the goal of improving strategy, practice, and impact. This innovative project focuses on data that helps groups understand their core work (organizing that supports winning change) rather than data that focuses on last-mile voter contact inputs (e.g., door knocks, number of conversations).

Bases are viewed and understood as people and communities with political agency, not turnout targets in someone else’s agenda. Bases drive the ideas and strategy to win material change, implement policy wins, and co-govern.


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2021
DPI Organizing Lab

Relational Organizing for Action Taking and Membership Development

This test explores whether relational contact is more effective than cold outreach in encouraging individuals to sign a petition, opt in to receive more information from the sponsoring organization, and sign up to attend an online organizing event.
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2021
DPI Organizing Lab

Exploring the Connections Between Youth Voting and Youth Movements

In 2021, DPI worked with the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE), a non-partisan, independent research organization focused on youth civic engagement in the United States at Tufts, to highlight and elevate connections between youth voting and youth movements showing that...
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2021
DPI Organizing Lab

2020 Social Ambassadors Program

The Kairos Social Ambassador research project was developed as a part of the Democracy and Power Innovation Fund cohort in order to understand and deploy the most effective strategies and practices that membership-based groups use to identify and develop online leaders and influencers...
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2020
DPI Organizing Lab

Understanding Relational Organizing Best Practices

This analysis, encompassing the relational programs of 96 different organizations, finds that there is a broad spectrum of relational programs: some organizations build powerful programs with engaged volunteers, while other programs are not as successful.
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2020
DPI Organizing Lab

Community Change Action Relational Action-Taking Test Preliminary Implementation

In 2020, Community Change Action (CCA) partnered with Analyst Institute to build on the efforts of ​past research on relational voter turnout​ and explore the value of leveraging relational contact to build longer-term organizing capacity.
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2020
Understanding & Measuring Power

Building a Movement Architecture for Multi- Racial Governing Power

This is the first report-out of a two-stage research project conducted by the P3 Lab at Johns Hopkins University. The goals of the project are to 1. Lay out a vision and analysis of the integrated work underway to build a movement architecture for multiracial and class conscious governing power 2.Provide an empirical..
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2023
DPI Organizing Lab

Surveying the Landscape of Data Integration for State and Local Organizing Group

This report documents the challenges base-building groups face with the current set of movement tech tools and suggests some systemic solutions.
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2023
DPI Organizing Lab

Making Data and Tech Work for Organizers - DPI Digest

This newsletter highlights a roadmap for needed investment in state and local data infrastructure that will pay huge dividends for our movement and for winning change for our people over the long term.
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2023
DPI Organizing Lab

Briefing on Data Integration in States

Watch the full briefing on Data Integration in States: Challenges and Solutions, authored by Carter Kalchik, a longtime leader in the data, tech, and campaign strategy space. This research documents the challenges base-building groups face with the current set of movement tech tools and suggests some systemic solutions
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2023
DPI Organizing Lab

Ohio Organizers Experiment with ‘Relational’ Contacts

This study aims to capture a 360-degree picture of the Ohio Organizing Collaborative’s innovative, scaled, 2022 relational voter organizing program with both quantitative and qualitative data.
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2023
DPI Organizing Lab

Relational Voter Turnout Program Analyses with Ohio Organizing Collaborative

The Analyst Institute partnered with Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC) on this descriptive research project that examines the reach of their 2020 and 2022 relational organizing programs.
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2024
DPI Organizing Lab

Surfacing Missing Voters - DPI Digest

This newsletter highlights Miriam McKinney Gray's Surfacing Missing Voters report, with reflections from the strategists and recommendations on how organizers and funders can use this research.
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2024
DPI Organizing Lab

Surfacing Missing Voters

This report documents the ways that Black, Latino, and AAPI individuals and communities are systematically ignored by current digital and technological systems of voter engagement.