Legal Needs Assessment Framework
Develop compelling arguments for your work in the community: Use legal needs assessment in evidence-based strategic planning & reporting
The Legal Needs Assessment Framework and its associated Strategic Planning Toolkit are powerful new tools which allow CLCs to estimate and analyse legal need in the context of disadvantage in their communities. Improved understanding of legal need allows for evidence-based strategic planning for targeted CLC service delivery and evidence-based argument for the activities of CLCs in funding submissions.
In 2010, NACLC engaged Judith Stubbs and Associates (JSA) to apply nationally work done in the Legal Needs and Strategic Planning Project, developed for Community Legal Centres NSW by JSA in 2009.
The application of this research at the national and state/territory levels has provided NACLC and CLCs with a consistent evidence-based approach to understanding the distribution of legal need in the context of disadvantage across the country. The research can be used in strategic planning for service delivery by individual centres and the sector more generally.
In the second half of 2012, NACLC is able to offer 20 CLCs the opportunity to undertake a supported strategic planning process using these materials. The CLCs that participate will have support and training to assist them in the data analysis and workshop tasks suggested in the project’s Toolkit. They will develop an evidence-based strategic plan to form the basis of funding submissions and evaluation of their centre’s service delivery model.
For further information on the Strategic Planning Toolkit or the supported strategic planning process NACLC offers in 2012:
Legal Needs Assessment Framework Reports
Please note that many of these reports are large files and will take time and bandwidth to download. All CLCs will receive a DVD containing the reports and appendices in early June 2012.