Understanding & Measuring Power

Understanding & Measuring Power

Building on lessons from the work of the DPI Organizing Lab, we have worked with our state partners to develop an analytic framework for how to understand and measure power. Our research in this arena is focused on better understanding the organizing inputs, collective capacities, and power impact of multiracial base-building organizations. This requires documentation of and innovation around the sophisticated ways organizers knit together a powerful member constituency, deploy varied strategies to advance campaigns, and shape their external environment to win material change in their constituents' lives.

Our research in this arena is focused on better understanding the organizing inputs, collective capacities, and power impact of multiracial base-building organizations. This requires documentation of and innovation around the sophisticated ways organizers knit together a powerful member constituency, deploy varied strategies to advance campaigns, and shape their external environment to win material change in their constituents' lives.

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2021
Understanding & Measuring Power

An Approach to Understanding and Measuring People Power

While our movement includes thousands of paid organizers, they are often flying blind on the core work they do - connecting with constituents and developing leaders, building relationships, and crafting strategies that can win change–because our current tools and technology do little to support them in those efforts.
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2021
DPI Convening

Measuring What Matters in the Fight for Our Democracy

In this session we will share innovations from the DPI community in the last year around researching and measuring organizing inputs, collective capacities and power in practice. In a case study, Color of Change will share their progress and challenges as they work to put the civic leadership of their members at the...
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2023
Understanding & Measuring Power

Power Metrics: Measuring What Matters to Build a Multiracial Democracy

This report outlines a framework developed by groups in the DPI Organizing Lab to identify and measure strategies that wield power using the data organizations collect and analyze in their day-to-day work.
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2022
Understanding & Measuring Power

Tracking Data Using Jotform or Google Forms

Use Jotform or Google Forms to track your data when you are doing outreach outside the voter file, either through neighborhood door-knocking or site-based turnout events, to enable post-election follow-up and analysis. Below is the form used by the Muslim Coalition of ISAIAH.
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2022
Understanding & Measuring Power

Event Data Collection Form

Below is the sign-up form used by the Ohio Organizing Collaborative to track data and participation at their events.
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2022
Understanding & Measuring Power

Relational List Template

Multiple cycles of research with the Analyst Institute has shown that organizing through relational networks is the most impactful way to engage voters. Try out this simple relational list template from the Ohio Organizing Collaborative with your own members or through site-based canvassing. No tech barriers!