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Research: contemporary evidence and information

The Foundation’s research strategy was developed through extensive consultation and engagement to best meet the intent of government as outlined in statute.

Our key research strategies

Identifying the legal needs of the community
Research in Australia, and around the world, consistently finds that the majority of legal need in the community does not reach the formal justice system (courts, tribunals etc) nor legal assistance services. Therefore, the knowledge of service users and service delivery data gives only a narrow and unrepresentative picture of the legal needs of the community. This research strategy aims to apply the best available methodology to provide and maintain a sound picture of the legal needs of the entire community.

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Identifying what strategies works to address that need
Globally, there is insufficient reliable evidence in relation to what strategies and initiatives most effectively and cost effectively address legal needs. This strategy aims, through evidence-based methodologies, to improve the justice sector’s knowledge of what strategies work most effectively and efficiently in order to address the legal needs of the community as cost effectively as possible.

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Supporting policy development and planning service delivery
In order to be most effective, the justice sector needs a range of information and data to assist in the efficient planning and delivery of legal services. In this strategy, the Foundation leverages its pioneering legal sector data work and its trusted position in the sector to provide tools, data, information and planning guidance to assist in the optimum planning and delivery of legal services.


For enquiries about research, please email our research team.


In 2021, the Foundation released the first version of two dashboards designed to assist with identifying legal need and potential demand for legal assistance. These dashboards have since been updated or are under review, refer to our Home page for more detail.

National Legal Needs Dashboard

The National Legal Needs Dashboard is an interactive data tool to assist in identifying potential legal need in the community.
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Criminal Finalisations Dashboard

The Criminal Finalisations Dashboard is an interactive tool that maps and analyses trends in counts of criminal finalisations across all court locations in NSW.
Access the Dashboard and the background papers >