Need a helping hand with your FOI requests?
WhatDoTheyKnow Pro does the hard work for you
A powerful, fully-featured toolset that solves problems for researchers and academics managing multiple requests or in-depth FOI investigations
WhatDoTheyKnow Pro moves request handling out of your email and onto a dedicated dashboard, keeping everything organised.
Searching for the right email address for every FOI contact?
You’ll have access to our address book of 42028 authorities that are subject to FOI.
Tired of the fiddly details that add time to your investigation?
If your request bounces back, we source the new address for that authority.
Hard to keep track of your many requests?
No need to check: we’ll send an email alert telling you when you need to take action.
Need to protect your research?
Requests can stay completely private until you’re ready to publish your research.
Sending to multiple authorities at once?
No more copy and paste emails: our Batch Request tool helps you create one request and send it to many authorities at once.
Want to add weight to your research?
Once you’re ready, publishing the data behind your investigation lends it extra credibility, and opens it to a wider community.
Not enough hours in the day?
WhatDoTheyKnow Pro does all the heavy lifting, leaving you with more time to focus on your research.
Loving the new @WhatDoTheyKnow Pro account. Super slick.
Charlie Mole – 3 July 2017
I just sent an FOIA request with @mySociety's @WhatDoTheyKnow and I'm amazed at how painless it was.
Matthew Hughes – 29 April 2019
No doubt this will remain an item in my journalistic utility belt going forward.
Simple, affordable pricing
- Easy One fee covers all Pro features, with no complex tiers or options to worry about.
- Reasonable We know that researchers can be on a limited budget, so we’ve kept the subscription affordable.
- Flexible You can cancel at any time, with no lengthy tie-ins and no notice required.
How it works
Make a request
Because we’ve streamlined the request-writing process, Pro saves you a lot of back and forth. Search our database of authorities, pick which one — or many — you want to contact, and compose your request right there.
Time is precious, so your dashboard just presents the information you need to know: which requests have received responses; which haven’t and need chasing up; and which require input from you. Search, filter or sort by status to quickly find the request you’re looking for.
FOI is an invaluable tool for researchers, helping you collect information that hasn’t previously been available as a single dataset, and understand the wider picture. Pro takes the slog out of sending multiple requests with the Batch feature: easily pick the authorities you want, then send one request to all of them.
You’ve got plenty of other things to think about, so you don’t want to be checking up on every single one of your requests to see if it needs attention. Instead, Pro keeps an eye on them for you, sending you a daily email digest.
Pro gives you all of the ease of WhatDoTheyKnow, without the worry of releasing all your work before you’re ready for the world to see it.
You can choose to keep your requests private on the site for up to a year, not visible to anyone but you. We’ll make sure you know when that time’s about to run out, and you can always extend it further if your research hasn’t been published yet.
Ready to go public
Once your research is out there, it’s a great idea to put your requests and responses into the public domain. They’ll lend credence to your work, and make the data available for others who might want to research a different angle.
How researchers are using Pro
The ‘Data Scores as Governance’ project used Pro to help examine the use of data-driven scores in categorising citizens, allocating services, and predicting behaviour.
The Wales Governance Centre sent FOI requests through Pro to discover the prison populations across Wales and England for their report ‘Sentencing and Imprisonment in Wales’.