Happy (nearly) New Year from all of us here at the Lab! We’re excited for all we accomplished in 2017. This past year, we’ve seen the Lab grow in size and impact. We now have over 6,360 participants enrolled in the Lab’s evaluations. We’re collaborating with 38 partners, including court systems, legal aid organizations, and Read more about Happy New Year![…]
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[…]
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about a few news stories here at the Lab. We thought they might be of interest to you as well. If you’re looking for some reading, consider the following: A fellow Lab is in the press! We were really excited to learn about the work of the Read more about In The News[…]
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[…]
This past week, we’ve been avidly watching reactions to a new study, published in The Lancet, about the efficacy of using stents to help patients with chest pain. The New York Times ran an article on the study; so did The Atlantic. If you haven’t been following this (potential) bombshell of an RCT, the study Read more about Why RCTs? Recent study on stents is one example[…]
We’ve reached the final installment in our Top 10 A2J Research Priorities series. While this is the last of the videos, it’s just the beginning of our work on these topics. This week’s segment features Faculty Director Jim Greiner on Ex Ante Law for Human Beings.
We’re excited to announce a new collaborative venture on the Rhode Island Triage and Eviction Study (“RITES”) team. Five outstanding students at the Roger Williams University School of Law have joined the project to conduct summary eviction court observations and interview unrepresented tenant-defendants who are experiencing the eviction process themselves. These raw data, so to speak, Read more about RITES Goes Local[…]
The Lab’s current Guardianship Service of Process Study is going strong in the field, and we’re not the only ones actively thinking about the topic. On Wednesday, Dec. 6, the Massachusetts Guardianship Policy Institute will facilitate “A National Perspective on Guardianship and Decisional Support,” a day-long conference exploring the state of both areas in several different Read more about MA Guardianship Policy Institute Event this December[…]
We’re happy to share two great articles from the past week that feature the work of the Lab. The first, “The Justice Gap: America’s unfulfilled promise of ‘equal justice under law’” by Lincoln Caplan, is a longform piece in Harvard Magazine that puts the Lab’s studies of self-help materials in the context of the larger Read more about In the News[…]
This video series describes what we consider to be the top 10 access to justice research priorities. The quick 2-3 minute videos will wake you up and get you excited about the ways that experimentation, research, and (of course) RCTs can improve access to justice. Here’s the latest installment: Alternatives to Litigation.