Research Database

CLEO hosts a database of research on public legal education and information and access to justice. We add research reports on an ongoing basis.

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Linguistic Access Report

This report suggests steps CLEO can take to help meet the public legal education needs of low-income communities in Ontario who do not speak French or English. The purpose of the research was to identify appropriate target languages for PLEI pilot projects and canvas methods of providing substantive education and information in order to identify […]

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English

Author(s):

Zalik, Yedida

Produced/Updated In:

2005

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Literacy and Digital Technologies: Linkages and Outcomes

This paper investigates relationships between adult literacy skills and use of information and communications technologies (ICTs). Using the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL), ICT use is compared to attitudes toward computers, literacy skills, and other sociodemographic characteristics, including age, gender, and education. The research uses data from Canada, Bermuda, the United States, Italy, […]

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English

Produced by:

Statistics Canada

Author(s):

Veenhof, B.; Clermont, Y.; Sciadas, G.

Produced/Updated In:

2005

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Public Legal Education and Information (PLEI) in British Columbia: Community Profile and Needs Assessment

PLEI providers in BC commissioned a community profile and needs assessment report based on interviews with and a survey of those working in the field. Findings include a lack of accessibility to PLEI materials despite their abundance and the importance of personal contact in PLEI delivery. This, however, is said to be a challenge in […]

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English

Author(s):

CS/RESORS Consulting, Ltd.

Produced/Updated In:

2005

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Public Legal Education and Information (PLEI) in British Columbia: Community Profile and Needs Assessment (Final Report)

This report summarizes the 2003 research initiative conducted by the PLEI Working Group in British Columbia on coordinating PLEI efforts throughout the province. Authors emphasize the importance of improving accessibility by means of community based efforts offering one-to-one support and note the volume of print materials but the lack of public awareness of their existence.

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English

Author(s):

CS/RESORS Consulting, Ltd.

Produced/Updated In:

2005

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Public Legal Education: A Proposal for Development

This proposal summarizes responses to a paper proposing a national PLEI strategy in the UK. Respondents noted that PLEI must receive core government funding but should be delivered and designed independently. Additionally, PLEI is part of an integrated approach to the provision of legal services but cannot be a substitute for legal advice and representation […]

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Law for Life

Author(s):

Advice Services Alliance; Citizenship Foundation; Legal Action Group

Produced/Updated In:

2005

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Public legal education: Helping people understand and exercise their legal rights

This transcript of a 2005 Community Legal Education Ontario conference on PLE delivery and evaluation includes an outline of the concepts underlying PLE, provides answers to frequently asked questions PLE agencies often ask when developing PLE resources, and examines relevant factors in PLE evaluation.

Available in:

English

Author(s):

Lindberg, Caroline

Produced/Updated In:

2005

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The Civil Justice System and the Public: Highlights of the Alberta Pilot

This article outlines the major findings of an Alberta PLE evaluation study, with a focus on communication between the civil justice system and the public. Findings include the conclusion that the public cannot easily locate legal information and that they prefer to get it by way of in person communication. Where that is impossible, telephone […]

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English

Author(s):

Stratton, Mary; Gander, Lois Elaine; Lowe, Diana

Produced/Updated In:

2005

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Developing a coordinated service model for self representing litigants: Proposed Service Vision and Program Design

This report covers phase two of the Self-Representing Litigants project in British Columbia. It focuses on developing a service vision, model, and implementation plan for a Self-Represented Litigants’ Self-Help Centre in family and civil justice. The projects tries to determine a model for coordinating self-help legal services at two Vancouver courthouses and to develop a […]

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English

Author(s):

Reid, Gayla; Malcolmson, John; Senniw, Donna

Produced/Updated In:

2004

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Institutional Change: Building an inclusive OCASI network and enhancing the participation of African and Haitian Canadian Francophone Communities

Sponsored by the Department of Canadian Heritage, this project aimed to provide black French-speaking African and Haitian immigrants in Ontario, as well as the Francophone organizations that serve those communities, an opportunity to define their needs and develop strategies to address those needs within the OCASI (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants) network and within […]

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English

Author(s):

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

Produced/Updated In:

2004

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Just between you and me: a peer public legal education and information (PLEI) programme for women in family violence situations

The “Just Between You and Me” project was designed to provide public legal education and information (PLEI) peer support to women who had experienced family violence and assess its validity as a model for PLEI delivery. The goal of the project was for peers to share this information within their own networks of family, coworkers, […]

Available in:

English

Author(s):

Broad, Gayle; Hagerty, Anne

Produced/Updated In:

2004