for Economic Impact Assessment

A. Why Do an Economic Impact Assessment?

Legal aid leaders across the country are using economic impact data as a powerful new thread in their "case" for preservation and even expansion of funding for their programs in the intense competition for scarce dollars that prevails in today's fundraising climate.

B. Sample Studies by The Resource
  1. New York: The Resource helped to develop the cost-benefit data appearing on page 13 of the final report of the Chief Judge's Task Force on Access to Civil Legal Aid for Low Income People in New York State.
  2. Kentucky: We performed an economic impact analysis and produced a PowerPoint presentation for AppalReD Legal Aid to describe the impacts of its services on Appalachian Kentucky.
  3. Missouri: We assisted the Missouri legal aid network in producing a report summarizing the results and achievements of legal aid in that state. Economic impacts were quantified on pages 6 and 7 of that report.
  4. Pennsylvania: We served as consultants to PA IOLTA in producing an eight-year report on the impacts of the Pennsylvania filing fee program. Economic impacts are described on pages 7 and 8 of the report.
  5. Virginia: The economic impact of Virginia legal aid programs was described on pages 3 and 4 of the annual statewide overview report produced by The Resource.
  6. California: The economic and societal impact of legal service programs funded by the Marin Community Foundation, 2012.
  7. Georgia: Economic Impacts of Civil Legal Aid Organization in Georgia, 2013.
  8. New Hampshire: Summary of Economic Benefits and Savings From Civil Legal Services in New Hampshire, 2011.
  9. Alaska: Economic Impacts and Social Benefits of Assistance Provided by Alaska Legal Services Corporation, 2012.
C. Resources
  1. Economic Impacts of Legal Aid. Civil Justice for Low-Income People Creates Ripple Effects That Benefit Every Segment of the Communities We Serve," By Ken Smith, Barbara Finkelstein and Christopher O'Malley, Management Information Exchange Journal, Winter 2011.
  2. "Economic And Other Benefits Associated With The Provision Of Civil Legal Aid, Working Paper," 11-10-09 Version. By Laura K. Abel and Susan Vignola, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.
  3. National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Economic Benefit of Meeting Civil Legal Needs.
  4. "The Impact of Legal Aid Services on Economic Activity in Texas: An Analysis of Current Efforts and Expansion Potential," (February 2009). By The Perryman Group for the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.
  5. FY2009 Economic Benefits Statement (2009). By Lonnie Powers, Executive Director, Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation.

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