Canadian Forum on Civil Justice

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The purpose of this literature review is twofold. First, by exploring Canadian and international literature focussing on the measurement of justice, it is designed to support and promote much needed innovative, empirical, access to justice research. Specifically, it explores the use of longitudinal research methodologies and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to gather data on outcomes and impacts in legal research and, to some extent, in disciplines outside of law. It is hoped that the bibliography, attached as Appendix I, will be useful for future research on these and related topics. Second, this literature review is drafted with a view towards supporting a research plan, data collection, and research analysis for a multi-phase project that seeks to examine the relationship between legal help and short- and longer-term impacts for people experiencing serious civil justice problems.

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