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.

WriteToThem for citizens and campaigns

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Get in touch with politicians

WriteToThem provides a very easy way for people to contact their elected representatives, at all levels — even if they don’t know who they are. All that’s needed is a postcode. Try it out here.

Running a campaign and want your supporters to write to their MPs? WriteToThem can be very simply integrated with your own website. Find out more here.

Public Square an action research project

Public Square

Building engagement

mySociety, in collaboration with the Democratic Society, is working with several local authorities and communities in a two-year action research project to explore ways to improve citizen engagement in democracy.

Get involved

See the Public Square website to learn more about how we’re working with councils, elected representatives, community and voluntary sector organisations.

WriteInPublic for campaigns and parliamentary monitoring organisations

Put the conversation into the open

Let your users put questions to their elected representatives, and publish the whole conversation online to create a permanent record of statements and commitments.

Very simple implementation

WriteInPublic requires no knowledge of coding; just a few clicks and you’re ready to go. Find out more.

Case study

Writing to MPs in public may make them more accountable.


Innovation in Democracy
Research to inform Local Government

mySociety is working with Involve and the Democratic Society to support three local authorities in this project. The councils are trialing models of deliberative democracy, to discover how best to involve citizens in decision-making. Read more about it here.


The Democratic Commons for researchers and developers

We’re working towards an ideal where political data is open and shared for everyone to use, for free. When data about politicians has been taken care of, it’s much easier to build and run the services that inform citizens, all over the world, about their elected representatives: who they are, what they do, how they’ve voted and where they can be contacted.

Add what you know — or can find — to the 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.
Dig into our datasets.


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.

Parliament and the people

Rumbul, Moulder, Parsons

November 2015

Approaches to citizen engagement

Rebecca Rumbul

November 2015

Who benefits from Civic Tech

Rebecca Rumbul

October 2015