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CLEO research

Current CLEO research projects

CLEO currently has two research projects underway:

      • Evolving Legal Services Research Project
        This multi-year research project, implemented with case studies in Ontario and British Columbia, looks at when PLE programs are effective and provide individuals meaningful access to justice, particularly people who are low income or have other disadvantages. For more information, visit the Evolving Legal Services Research page.
      • Connecting prisoners or former prisoners with legal information and related life skills training
        This research looks at the legal information needs of adult prisoners and ex-prisoners in Ontario who need information to help them with their legal problems. It will identify where, when, and how one or two pilot legal information and/ or related life skills programs might be conducted through federal or provincial institutions in Ontario, or incorporated into existing post-release training and support programs.

      Completed CLEO research

      • Legal Life Skills: a curriculum for adult learners and trainers (2016-2018)
        This research work built upon CLEO’s reports prepared in 2016 for the Canadian Bar Association on how legal capability or “legal life skills” training could be incorporated into existing life skills programs in Ontario. CLEO developed select draft task sets on legal capability with input from adult instructors, and piloted them through several job-readiness literacy training programs across Ontario.
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      • A framework for Ontario: Introducing a working legal capability matrix (2016)
        CLEO developed a working legal capability framework for the Ontario context, drawing on our online scan of legal capability research and on previous research linking health literacy and legal capability. The framework gives an overview of the knowledge, skills, and personal characteristics and circumstances an Ontarian would need to deal with legal problems effectively at various stages, and addresses common barriers marginalized people face when trying to deal with legal problems.


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