Choosing technology is hard. Alidade can help.

Use Alidade to create a plan for finding technology tools that suit your social change project.

Built on in-depth research in Kenya and South Africa.
Designed for activists and social change organisations everywhere.

Start Alidade

Complete this interactive guide and get a planning document to share with colleagues, technical developers or donors.

There are lots of tech options to choose from.

  • Which options are best for your project?
  • How do you know if you’re asking the right questions?

Alidade helps you plot a path to the right choice.

  • Interactive questions to help structure your thinking
  • Real-life examples and useful resources
Understand your needs
Understand the tech
Plan a trial of the tool with your users

Get a detailed technology strategy plan for your project

  • Export as a personalised PDF
  • Ready to share with collegues, technology partners and donors

Read our six-rule summary for choosing tech

Based on our research, six tips and six questions to lead you to a better choice.

Read about the research Alidade was built on

Result of a 2-year research project with activists in Kenya and South Africa.

Who made this

In 2015-16, The Engine Room, Pawa254 and the Network Society Lab conducted an 18-month research project into how Kenyan and South African organisations choose digital technology tools for transparency and accountability projects. To make the findings as practical as possible, we created Alidade.
The project was supported by Making All Voices Count.

Tom Walker - The Engine Room

Tom Walker is a research lead at The Engine Room, an international organisation that helps activists, organisations and other social change agents make the most of technology and data to increase their impact.

Indra de Lanerolle - Network Society Lab

Indra de Lanerolle leads The Network Society Project, which conducts research on the Internet and its effects on society in South Africa and other African countries. It is based at the Journalism and Media programme at the University of Witwatersrand.

Tom Walker - The Engine Room

Sasha Kinney provides research and support for creative activism, civic tech, citizen journalism, grassroots organizing and social movements in Kenya.

Creators of Alidade

Alan Zard - LEVEL73

Alan Zard
Web Dev

Ivana Bugarinovic

Ivana Bugarinovic

Maya Richman

Maya Richman
Web Ops

Ozren Muic

Ozren Muic
UX UI Design

Ruth Miller

Ruth Miller
UX Research

Tin Geber

Tin Geber
Tech Lead

Special thanks to contributors

Amy O'Donnell

Amy O'Donnell
Oxfam GB

Laura Walker McDonald

Laura Walker McDonald

Dirk Slater

Dirk Slater