Justice Data Observatory

The Justice Data Observatory (JDO) aims to understand, shape, and build global evidence that informs how people-centered access to justice can combat poverty and inequality, promote inclusive development and growth, and empower democratic participation and governance through sustained research to support evidence-based policy and practice.


Funded by Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC), and in partnership with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank, the JDO works to identify and develop a collective global research and data agenda on people-centered justice, with key participation by researchers and practitioners in the global south.

Over an initial period of two years, the JDO will endeavor to build and shape access to justice research as a global field by:

  • Convening groups of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners across low-, middle-, and high-income countries,
  • Developing synthetic and integrative approaches to shared research questions on access to justice globally,
  • Supporting the production and dissemination of original access to justice research and sources of data related to shared research questions, and
  • Advocating for evidence-based approaches to access to justice policy and practice.

Research Brief:

Envisioning A People-Centered Access To Justice Research Agenda

Research Report:

People Centered Access To Justice Research: A Global Perspective

Please contact Matthew Burnett at mburnett@abfn.org with questions.

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