Collecting data, analysing it and reporting on hate crime can provide communities and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) with a powerful tool with which to present their concerns to government, law enforcement, media and others. Credible data provides the facts needed to advocate for improved public policies which, in turn, both act to prevent and to combat hate crime and provide services which respond to the needs of victims of hate crime and hate-motivated incidents. Today across Europe there are huge differences in how data is collected, verified and how CSOs report on hate crime. The diversity of approaches and methodologies is rich but challenging at the same time. This is especially true when trends across countries need to be compared. Read the approved Facing Facts! Guidelines on the best methodology for collecting data now.