Module 4: Additional Tools Resources to help states and partners support civil legal aid

This module has a potpourri of additional tools to help connect a wide range of policy priorities to legal aid including via webinars, data sources and model advocacy language. Here, you will also find links to the Justice in Government Project's publications, webinars, and media page and our COVID-19 Resources page.

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Data Sources

  • The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse, established by the U.S. Department of Health Administration for Children and Families, conducts reviews of research on programs and services intended to provide enhanced support to children and families, including kinship navigation models. The Clearinghouse also makes their Handbook of Standards and Procedures available online.
  • The National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect provides high quality datasets, documentation, and technical support for foster care-related studies.
  • The Children's Bureau collects case-level information from state and tribal Title IV-E agencies on all children in foster care and those who have been adopted with Title IV-E involvement. ACF publishes the annual AFCARS Report, which provides the most up-to-date national statistics on foster care and adoptions. See FY 2018's report (released October 2019). 
  • The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System is a voluntary data collection system that gathers information from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico about reports of child abuse and neglect. The Children's Bureau publishes the annual Child Maltreatment report on data provided by the states. See 2017's report (released January 2019).
  • The National Youth in Transition Database collects information about youth in foster care and those who have aged out of the foster care system. As of June 2019, the Children's Bureau has published six data briefs using findings from these surveys.
  • Annie E. Casey Family Program's KIDS COUNT maintains data and statistics on the educational, social, economic, and physical well-being of children on local, state, and national levels.
  • Child Trends has reports and data on early childhood, education, and youth, including databanks on foster care and maltreatment.
  • National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC) has an interactive map with the latest civil right to counsel activities, the status of civil right to counsel law by case type (child welfare, paternity, guardianship, etc.), the efforts in which the NCCRC is involved, and the states where NCCRC has a presence in policy development.

Federal Housing Data

  • Andrew Aurand, Vice President for Research at the National Low Income Housing Coalition, wrote an article called Using Federal Data Sources for Housing Advocacy. The article provides and overview and description of federal housing data that can be used to identify housing needs and support housing advocacy. Read the article here.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau maintains a list of surveys and programs contributing to housing.
  • The Census Bureau’s housing data paint a comprehensive picture of housing in the United States, including stats on housing affordability by demographic characteristic; the impact of policy changes on renters; housing patterns and vacancies; geographic mobility, and more. 

  • American Housing Survey (AHS), sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2019 data and interactive tools are available here.

  • HUD developed an “affirmatively furthering fair housing” (AFFH) mapping tool to identify issues related to fair housing by state and jurisdiction. Mapping indicators include housing needs, demographic trends, disability, transportation, environmental, health, and more. 

  • For more information about civil legal aid messaging, communications, and story-telling, go to the Voices for Civil Justice and All Rise for Civil Justice websites. The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has collected client success stories.
  • For a more comprehensive repository of legal aid related research, go to the National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s LegalAidResearch website.
  • The American Bar Association has collected legal needs assessments.
  • The Center for Victim Research is continually adding to their Research Syntheses on the state of the field for multiple victimization types and their Library which includes a public collection of over 1,000 resources.

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