“Best Practices” for studies of legal aid – more thoughts

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4 Responses

  1. dave hoffman says:

    This is a really terrific post!

  2. Jim Greiner says:

    Again, Amen!

  3. Richard Zorza says:

    Good analysis. In terms of the impact/volume analysis, the really interesting question is this: What is the volume of cases that you need to handle within a system to keep it honest and open as possible, and how do you handle them to do so? There are many strategies beyond handling every case.

    On the other hand, one needs to be careful that the system does not respond to intervention in some cases by either a) surrendering in those cases, but only those cases, or, b) by expecting a much higher standard of evidence/proof when there is an attorney, and therefore meaning that the attorneys get no better results. (I’d like to see this theory tested as an explanation of what happened in this research.)

  4. Jeanne Charn says:

    Great post. Particularly those of us who are eager for a substantial research program must become more sophisticated about how to interpret, qualify and defend research results – also how to frame questions that social science experts can help us answer.