Thematic Areas

Rooted Campaigning

RC 1 - Evidence building

RC 1 - Evidence building

It’s essential to build a strong evidence base to back up our claims and make a strong case to convince decision-makers to make change happen. This will include evidence that emerges from participatory research at the community level, including the identification and analysis of issues that most affect community members and the identification of possible solutions. Since government spending is one of the most visible ways in which government acts on the lives of people, evidence collected through a budget monitoring process may be particularly useful.

In this video, Harriet Gimbo of ActionAid Uganda talks about how participatory processes have been used to support evidence gathering and mass mobilisation in the Black Monday campaign:

Participatory tools to support evidence building:

  • Social audit – to collect and present evidence about a programme or service
  • Community scorecard – to enable people to assess government services or facilities



Here you can download some useful resources.

Tools in this toolbox

Citizens' budget

To share information about a budget in a clear and simple way. Budgets reports are often very long and written in complicated tec…

Community scorecard

To help groups assess services, facilities programmes or projects run by government, NGOs or other organisations, by grading them…

Monitoring Matrix of Information Access

This tool was developed to support civil society organizations, citizens and civil servants in evaluating the performance of loca…

Social audit

To collect and present evidence about a programme or service.                               The Social Audit process uses partici…