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!