What we do

We are a committed team that help you make the most of data and technology to push for social change all over the world.

Our mission is to accelerate social change

The Engine Room helps activists, organisations, and other social change agents make the most of data and technology to increase their impact.

We are a non-profit organisation ourselves, and our international team is made up of experienced and committed practitioners. Since 2011, we have supported more than 200 organisations, big and small, from every corner of the globe.

Technology and data have the potential to dramatically accelerate the impact of any group or organisation that promotes equality, justice, human rights, good governance and accountability.

We aim to:

  • Increase impact by supporting you in making informed technology and data decisions
  • Support the effective use of data and technology for people’s empowerment
  • Cut down on wasteful costs in civil society’s adoption of technology and data

Here’s what we do

It’s unnecessary and unrealistic for every organisation to have in-house technical capacity. But we believe everyone should have the capacity to consider and manage their own strategies.

We directly support you in building strategic understanding of data and technology and can also complete special high impact projects.

We convene people in communities that harness emerging ideas and connect you with leading practitioners through online and offline events.

We share our research about the latest tools and methods as a contribution to the global conversation about how to work for social change in the digital age.

We go where our support will make the most difference

As an organisation we’re structured to be responsive, agile and global. All our support is driven by demand, meaning we apply our expertise to real world challenges rather than prescribing off-the-shelf solutions.

Because we’re not tied to a particular social change sector, we bring new perspectives and ideas to every project. We pride ourselves on smart, original and effective solutions that deliver big impact.

Our partners

We’ve built strong relationships with high-impact organisations over the years.These change-agents are some of the ones we are most proud to call allies and friends.

What our partners say

"In addition to helping us develop a microtasking platform, The Engine Room connected us with the world. Now we know organisations and people in other countries that are interested in our project!"

- Elidet Soto, ¿Quién Compró?

"The Engine Room have worked with great integrity and commitment to maximise the impact of their research in influencing positive change in the world."

- Duncan Edwards, Institute for Development Studies

The Engine Room was hugely important in helping us strike the right balance between ideas, wishes and reality. The diversity of their expertise really made DataCentar.io shine.

- Raša Nedeljkov, CRTA

I am forever grateful to The Engine Room team for helping take Amnesty Decoders off the ground.

- Milena Marin, Amnesty International

"Thanks to the Engine Room's Matchbox process, we understood that strategic planning is fundamental for the creation and implementation of a strong project."

- Elidet Soto, ¿Quién Compró?

The Engine Room’s strength was on the effort put into understanding what we are about and what we really want to achieve.

- Ellen Riotte, Asylos

The Engine Room staff are great custodians and inspirators. They provide solid structure, support and creativity to the organisational security community of practice.

- Woytek Bogusz, Front Line Defenders

Our funders

We receive grants and earned income from a diverse range of sources. You can see a detailed description of all of our funders here. Our major donors include: