A nuance that escapes most social groups under attack is the difference between opposition research and investigative research, the former being subsumed by the latter. Opposition research usually responds to those overtly declared in opposition to one's initiatives; investigative research looks behind the scenes, including field research (sometimes infiltrating enemy gatherings), in order to put the conflict into perspective. Investigative research also does background checks on opponents; some of the ones we did revealed felony convictions and other court documents unavailable online, that when exposed caused great damage to the Anti-Indian activist groups. In an opposition research project, you need a research director and a research analyst. You need to do field research, as well as open source document research. The more help you have, the more you can accomplish. Investigative research costs money, primarily because it takes time, skills, and experience that are not commonplace. Expenses alone can mount up. That said, a lot of time and effort can be saved by consulting professionals, as they can save you a lot of trouble and wasted effort. Then you need to decide how to use the information gathered. I can't emphasize enough the need to communicate regularly with all members of the research team before taking any action.