Research Action Design (RAD)
uses community-led research, collaborative design of technology and media, and secure digital strategies to build the power of grassroots social movements.

WHAT WE DO

RABBLE ROUSING RESEARCH

We’ll work with you to design and carry out the research you need for high-powered campaigns that get the goods. Communities are the experts, and research done right builds grassroots power. Community ­led research can include designing mixed methods research, developing research ­related technology, curriculum development and community researcher training, data collection and analysis, and writing and communication of research for unique audiences.

COLLABORATIVE DESIGN OF TECHNOLOGY AND MEDIA

We’ll work with you to collaboratively plan, design and build technology and media grounded in the vision and needs of your community. Together, we’ll walk through each stage of the user-centered and participatory design process, including project ideation, prototyping, testing, and evaluation. RAD builds websites, databases, mobile tools, zines, curriculum, interactive reports and more.

SECURE DIGITAL STRATEGIES

We’ll work with you to collectively assess your digital security needs and strengths, design and implement more secure digital strategies into your current organizing strategies. We develop and facilitate practical digital security trainings for individuals and trainers. We collaborate to advance safety, self-expression, agency and to resist surveillance.

MOVEMENT BUILDING

We believe in collaboration. Our work is better when we work together! We organize skill sharing and community building networks and events, both face to face and online.

We are a worker-owned collective. Our projects are grounded in the needs and leadership of communities in the struggle for justice and liberation.

HIGHLIGHTS

Here are a few examples of the kinds of projects we work on! Check out our Projects page to see more of our work.

Technology For Social Justice Field Scan

The FTX: Safety Reboot

VoterVox

Worker Fatality Database

Digital Privacy & Literacy

Hanging by a Thread