More on FOI requests

An FOI request is like a journey...

  • It's a many-step process, and while it might not go entirely smoothly, the more planning you do, the easier it'll be.
  • Research
  • Check it anyone else is already compiling data
  • Unions and other professional bodies, ombudsman, watchdog groups, researchers -- all useful
  • Disclosure logs first!
  • Try to find a context for your story
  • Making the request
  • Take screenshots; CC to self where applicable.
  • Request receipt
  • Remind of duty to advise and assist
  • Note differences between a service and an authority -- target your request appropriately!