Guest Post: Another RCT Tackling Failure to Appear, Part II

Today’s guest post comes from two Harvard Ph.D. students in Public Policy and Economics, respectively, Helen Ho and Natalia Emanuel. Helen and Natalia are affiliates of the Lab and have been working on their own randomized control trial (“RCT”) focused on failures to appear (“FTAs”) for arraignments. This post is the second in a series Read more about Guest Post: Another RCT Tackling Failure to Appear, Part II[…]

Guest Post: Evaluating Make It Right

Today’s guest post is authored by Katy Weinstein Miller, Chief of Programs & Initiatives at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. In 2013, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón launched a new approach to handling juvenile delinquency.  Rather than prosecute young people accused of certain felony offenses, the office began offering them the opportunity to Read more about Guest Post: Evaluating Make It Right[…]

Previewing and Reviewing Pretrial Risk Assessment RCTs

On Tuesday, Jan. 16 pretrial staff in Polk County, Iowa entered their offices with a slightly different charge. They had been accustomed to perusing a list of arrestees scheduled for first appearance and searching for individuals who qualified for an interview and pre-disposition release. That morning, some staff members continued this time- and resource-intensive practice. Read more about Previewing and Reviewing Pretrial Risk Assessment RCTs[…]

The Evaluation Feedback Project Has Launched

Discussions about the use of performance standards and metrics to measure the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of legal services have become common in the access to justice community. Increasingly, legal services programs are being asked to use data to communicate about their effectiveness to funders, community stakeholders, and policy makers. And, more importantly, by grounding Read more about The Evaluation Feedback Project Has Launched[…]

More information on our Default Part II study in four graphs

We’ve been working on some new data representations for our Problem of Default Part II study, which is now in the field in Boston. This Part II study doesn’t have its own non-intervention control group (meaning, all of the groups we’re evaluating are receiving some sort of intervention). This is because Part I already demonstrated Read more about More information on our Default Part II study in four graphs[…]

RCTs in law: the Shriver studies

As you may remember from a previous post, the A2J Lab is developing an RCT in Providence, Rhode Island to study the effectiveness of triage in summary eviction cases. Part of our interest in studying eviction is that it’s a topic very much on policymakers’ minds. Because housing instability continues to receive a lot of Read more about RCTs in law: the Shriver studies[…]