Assessing how everyday justice data can shape public policy

Check out this new piece at Deliver 2030 by @sumaiya_islam, @peterchapman on how everyday justice can shape public policy, particularly demonstrating the value and importance - and cost cutting effect - of supporting basic legal services for communities.

Excerpt: “We know that demand for basic legal services is increasing, particularly for low-income and vulnerable communities while at the same time we see a decrease in resources for basic justice services. The trend for increasing costs of unmet legal needs to individuals, the economy and wider society is significant. A publicly-funded, robust civil legal aid services can be part of the solution to this challenge. As legal aid organisations and statistical agencies around the world generate and leverage systematic data on people’s everyday justice problems, they can demonstrate that civil legal aid is part of a prevention strategy that are not only about the ‘quick wins’ for individuals but also about the longer term gains for our society as a whole.”

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Open Society Foundations held an event in Washington D.C., titled “[Understanding National Progress: A Cross Regional Exchange on Access to Justice](” in October 2016, leading to this piece. The workshop brought together participants from a range of country contexts including Indonesia, Nepal, South Africa and the United States. Participants brought expertise in access to justice and legal aid, in case management, data collection, conducting legal needs surveys, and developing and managing justice indices. For more details on the sessions and key learnings, OSF has developed an outcome document which includes discussion on some of the needs workshop participants identified for justice data providers and data users such as classification of useful datasets, assessing and strengthening data quality, mobilizing different data sources, and increasing investment in capacities of community-based practitioners on data related tools, analytical skills and data visualization strategies.

You can access the outcome document here: