Legal needs planning

It is important that Centres have tools to enable them to use data in their planning and decision making. Particularly the ability to:

  • Analyse met and unmet legal need to strategically plan service delivery in the context of limited resources.
  • Carry out reporting and data analysis for Annual Reports, funding submissions, policy and law reform, or public relations.

CLCs Australia recently ran an Emergence webinar event on legal needs planning which took participants through the key steps in carrying out legal needs planning. You can watch the webinar via your member’s portal by clicking here

Legal Needs Planning Guide

We developed the Legal Needs Planning Guide to assist Centres do this. Using this guide, you will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of legal need and what may be driving it within your service catchment.
  • Develop a better understanding of your own work and clients.
  • Conduct an initial gap analysis of met and unmet legal need in your service catchment.
  • Develop a data-informed plan(s) for your organisation, using the analysis you have performed to inform your discussion and decision-making.
  • Know where to go for help if you need it.

The approach suggested to strategic planning in this Guide is very flexible—both in its implementation and how it can be adapted to multiple purposes, for both specialist and generalist Centres. It offers a structure for the collection and interpretation of data to predict the prevalence of unmet legal need, as well as a framework for assessing the service data of a Centre and therefore information about legal need being met. The Guide encourages Centres to consider the implications of evidence, in the context of a legal needs assessment framework, which can be adapted to multiple planning uses.

Other legal needs-related resources

For an overall approach to thinking about legal needs orientated strategic planning

Research on Legal Need

Predicting the prevalence of legal need using indicators – data sources 

CLASS Reports to analyse activity and reach  

If you have any questions or need support, please get in touch with us at [email protected]