LegalAidResearch.org is a research database providing free access to research reports and other documents about evidence-based practices and research results on civil legal aid. LegalAidResearch.org helps pratitioners, researchers and others to:
- Make existing research easily accessible and understandable to civil legal aid programs, pro bono programs, bar associations, state access to justice commissions, researchers, funders and policy makers.
- Support advances in evidence-based practices and research on civil legal assistance.
- Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of state justice systems.
- Enhance the ability of civil legal aid programs to deliver fair and just results for clients.
- Promote calculated risk-taking and rigorously study innovations in civil legal aid, which is essential to develop new models of service.
- Illustrate the impact of civil legal aid including the not-so-easily measured but still critical benefits such as client empowerment, self-determination, and environmental improvements in rental properties.
- Identify research needs, inspire research partnerships, and connect interested parties to existing research institutions.
- An open access database with hundreds of resource listings
- Publications sourced from numerous organizations and journals in the US and internationally
- Works from hundreds of academics, attorneys, court officials and practitioners
- Scholarly research from universities, think tanks and governments
- A free email newsletter to interested subscribers
- Commentary, video, audio, websites, reviews and more.
LegalAidResearch.org readers have access to:
- Extensive database of research dating from the 1970s
- Free download of many full text documents, and convenient links to others
- User-friendly browsing with advanced capability allowing for search by multiple categories, including by case type, who is served, how services are provided, geography and other topics
- Knowledgeable and active researchers working on specific matters
LegalAidResearch.org is relevant to audiences from:
- Government: policy analysts, advisors, administrators, practitioners, court officials, politicians
- Education: university researchers and lecturers, teachers, students
- Nonprofits: research analysts, administrators, civil legal aid providers, pro bono programs
- Media and information management: journalists, librarians
- Corporations and professional practice: pro bono attorneys, healthy, legal
- Individuals: self-represented litigants and others interested
LegalAidResearch.org now has over 250 sources including government agencies at the federal, state and local levels; academic journals; think tanks; international sources; nonprofits; and media. These may broadly categorized as follows:
- Information controlled by commercial publishing, such as academic journals.
- “Grey literature” — often information not controlled by commercial publishing. These non-commercial public interest materials are a key source of evidence, argument, innovation, and understanding in many disciplines including civil legal aid.
Collaboration & Funding:
LegalAidResearch.org is a non-profit project sustained by institutional support, grants and partnerships. It was developed by NLADA with funding from the Public Welfare Foundation. Visit Collaboration & Funding.
Contribute to LegalAidResearch.org by alerting us when your organization posts new research. We also hosts special collections of curated material focusing on particular topics. Take a leadership role in your field by supporting a new collection. Your organization can also ensure the accessibility and longevity of its material by requesting that we host full-text versions of your content. Email [email protected]
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