Powerful ways to hold authority to account for campaigners, activists… and citizens

mySociety is committed to providing free Open Source code, Open Data and repurposable tools that help hold power to account.

Through our work in Democracy, we run projects and services in the UK and globally to support participation in society’s democratic systems, and access to political information and data.

A large part of this is our input to the Democratic Commons, a collaborative endeavour encompassing dozens of accountability and parliamentary organisations around the world.

If you belong to an organisation that runs campaigns, hopes to bring about change, or relies on getting the voice of your supporters heard, you’ll find that our tools give you a head start.

Or maybe you’re simply a citizen who wants to help change the world. We can help you, too.


TheyWorkForYou for citizens and campaigners

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See who your MP is

As well as how they’ve voted, and what they’ve said.

Keep up with the UK’s Parliaments on TheyWorkForYou

Don’t miss the action

Keep track of mentions in Parliament of the things that matter to you.

Set up automatic alerts with TheyWorkForYou

Research your cause

Search an archive of parliamentary debates and votes to show how your cause has been represented, supported… or blocked.

Not just for the UK!

In countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, use parliamentary websites to monitor your politicians’ activities.

Find out more about the Parliamentary Monitoring sites we’ve built with partners.

The Democratic Commons for researchers and developers

Contribute to our open data

Help contribute towards the world’s most useful data on politicians and governments; or use free, structured politician data in your own website or app.

Find out more about our work with Wikidata.

Find out what other data’s available

From all of UK’s Hansard, to a service that matches postcodes to constituencies, we have a lot of helpful stuff for developers.

Explore our APIs.

Inform voters at election time

Crowdsource a pre-election site or app that informs users about the candidates.

Run a project with YourNextRepresentative

Case study

Writing to MPs in public may make them more accountable


WriteToThem

Running a campaign? Help your supporters write to their MP.

Put WriteToThem on your website.

WriteInPublic

When conversations are held in public, everyone’s accountable.

Start getting answers to your own questions with WriteInPublic.


Research and evidence

Discover best practice for civic and democratic projects.

Access mySociety’s research papers.

Query our data to come to your own conclusions.

Explore our datasets.

Understanding TWFY’s Users

Rebecca Rumbul & Nick Jackson

November 2015

ICT and Citizen Efficacy

Rebecca Rumbul

August 2016