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November 28, 2018
This study investigates the effectiveness of a Philadelphia pro bono legal aid initiative to assist individuals pursuing a divorce. While the program was found to be effective, the study provides an in depth analysis of all the factors that come into play. Researchers conducted a randomized control trial (RCT) to measure the relationship between being referred to a pro bono lawyer or being referred to self-help or low pro bono resources on the legal outcome in divorce cases.
New York Office of Children and Family Services
May 1, 2011
In this study, three community, governmental, and academic partners collaborated to quantify the prevalence of elder abuse in the state of New York. This report discusses the prevalence of elder abuse in New York, the underreporting of elder abuse, and the most common circumstances that surround it. The data was collected from both older respondents and agencies that serve victims of elder abuse. Significantly, the study found that elder abuse is around 24 times greater than those reported cases to social service, law enforcement or legal authorities (p. 2).
The Value of Research
“In the long run, legal aid programs’ investment in randomized study will not only improve services and help direct scarce resources, but will also build public support.
The willingness of the legal aid movement to question itself and change in response will demonstrate to the wider world that our work is, in the end, focused on doing the best we can to help very poor people, in often-desperate circumstances, to improve their lives.”
--Steven Eppler-Epstein, Executive Director of Connecticut Legal Services
Harvard Law Review, 2013