Recent research about the state of data journalism paints a dismal picture. Google News Lab’s Data Journalism in 2017 reports: data skills are specialized and time-consuming to develop; time pressure prevents aspiring data journalists from producing the stories they believe need reporting; and, there are few economic incentives for media houses to invest in data teams. Internews has developed a strategy to mitigate these obstacles through a rigorous assessment and design process that addresses the economic, political and structural obstacles for data journalism. This assessment phase includes an open data survey, a data-driven information ecosystem assessment of media, civil society and civic technology, and a competitive selection process of participants. The tools and research offered in this section should help practitioners design their own robust data journalism program.