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JusTRAC+ Justice Sector Measurement Talks

The JusTRAC + Measurement Talks engaged technical experts and justice sector practitioners – program designers, implementers, monitoring, evaluation, and learning specialists and donors – who design, implement, or conduct related monitoring and evaluation of international development programs in discussions on targeted aspects of measurement in justice sector reform programs. Measuring results and assessing success in judicial reform programs responds to the question, “to what extent is a program achieving judicial reform goals?” Inclusion of results measurement in judicial reform initiatives is essential to the development of effective programming.  Results measurement also helps to align programs with country development priorities and promotes accountability and learning.

The Measurement Talks built upon two themes addressed by the JusTRAC+ Community of Practice on Justice Sector Measurement – tools for measurement of success in judicial reform programs and the use of data in justice sector measurement. Practitioners discussed useful tools and their application in the context of specific programs.  In addition, leading experts on the use of data in the justice sector/courts highlighted specific initiatives and shared perspectives on how they can be used by justice sector practitioners in the context of foreign assistance programs to measure success and inform design.

The format of the event is “lightning talks.” Short presentations featured key information on each topic – highlighting approaches and resources and inspiring participants to search out resources after the events.

Justice Sector Measurement Talks Session I

Tools for Measuring Success in Judicial Reform Programs

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (US Eastern)
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Session one on September 15th focused on Tools for Measuring Success in Judicial Reform Programs.  This session highlighted tools and methods for measuring judicial reform and examined how practitioners use them through comparative case studies.  

The Welcome and Opening Remarks were provided by Scott Carlson, Senior Director for Programs and Strategic Initiatives at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. The Lightening Talks with Q&A and Discussion session was moderated by Kate Krueger, M&E Advisor at the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor. 

Dr. Pim Albers, Justice Sector Measurement Consultant for ABA ROLI, and Jay Tocol, Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Advisor at ABA ROLI, presented on the Practice Note on Measuring Success in Judicial Reform Initiatives. This presentation sought to raise awareness of how the Practice Note can be used to support program design, monitoring, and evaluation. 

Dan Hall, Vice President Court Consulting Services at the National Center for State Courts, presented on Singapore’s Experience in Applying the International Court Excellence Standards. This presentation highlighted experience in using a scoring mechanism based on the standards. The case study offered an example participants may consider incorporating into their work.

Milena Sanchez de Boado, Justice Advisor at the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (Colombia), and Stephanie Villaronga, Program Director for ABA ROLI's Colombia office, presented on Case Study on Use of the Kirkpatrick Model in Colombia’s Judicial Education Program. This presentation examined how the Kirkpatrick Model is being applied to measure the success of a judicial education program.

Each presentation included a Q&A session. Afterwards, the Wrap up and Participant Feedback Surveys session was provided by Angela Conway, Technical Lead for the Justice Sector Measurement Community of Practice and the Senior Counselor and Special Advisor to the ABA's Associate Executive Director for Global Programs.

Justice Sector Measurement Talks Session II

Harnessing Data to Strengthen Justice

Thursday, September 16, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (US Eastern)
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Session two on September 16th focused on Harnessing Data to Strengthen Justice. This session explored the role of data, data standards, and predictive modeling in supporting justice processes and measuring effectiveness. 

The Welcoming Remarks and Lightening Talks with Q&A and Discussion were moderated by Peggy Ochandarena, Senior Advisor for the Development Research, Innovation, Data, and Outreach Team at Chemonics.

Daniel Chen, Lead Principal Investigator at the World Bank, presented on “De Jure”: Data and Evidence for Judicial Reform. This presentation highlighted the World Bank’s new De Jure initiative. This session raised awareness of the initiative and provide tips on using its resources in programming.

Diane Robinson, Senior Court Research Associate at the National Center for State Courts, presented on National Open Court Data Standards and Court Statistics Project. This presentation highlighted new US state court initiatives and discuss how they support performance measurement. This presentation highlighted key components of the project and discussed how the approaches might be applied in international settings.

Alejandro Ponce, Chief Research Officer at the World Justice Project, presented on Using Data from Composite Indicators to Assess Needs and Measure the Effectiveness of Judicial Reforms and Reform Programs. This presentation highlighted how data from the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index has been used to assess needs and measure effectiveness of judicial reforms and reform programs.

Afterwards, the Wrap up and Participant Feedback Surveys session was provided by Angela Conway, Technical Lead for the Justice Sector Measurement Community of Practice and the Senior Counselor and Special Advisor to the ABA's Associate Executive Director for Global Programs.

As the first Measurement Talks held in September 2021 did, the Measurement Talks II featured experts – academics and practitioners – from the U.S and abroad, who provided both “snapshots” that highlighted justice sector measurement tools and resources and “deep dives” that sought to engage event participants in more profound discussions.

Justice Sector Measurement Talks Session III

Approaches to Assessing and Measuring Inclusive Rights-focused Judicial Programming

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (US Eastern)
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This event focused on Approaches to Assessing and Measuring Inclusive Rights-focused Judicial Programming.

Welcoming Remarks were provided by Mary Margaret Dineen, Director of ABA ROLI's Global Programs Division and JusTRAC+ Program Director.

The presentation session was moderated by Beth Wiggins, Director of Research Division at the Federal Judicial Center (FJC), and Silvana Stanga, Senior Judicial Training Technical Advisor at ABA ROLI.

The first presentation was on Assessment of the Georgia High School of Justice’s Judicial Training on the Rights of the Child. It addressed the challenges and successes encountered undertaking an impact assessment of the Georgia High School of Justice’s Rights of the Child judicial training program. Researchers from the U.S. Federal Judicial Center’s Research Division and their Georgian partners shared empirical work about the assessment and engage participants in identifying how they can apply the information in their work. The presentation was provided by Carly Giffin, Research Associate at the Federal Judicial Center; Jana Laks, Research Assistant at the Federal Judicial Center; Nino Balanchivadze, Legal Education and Bar Reform Advisor of the Rule of Law Program at the U.S. Agency for International Development (Georgia).

The next presentation was on Taking Action Using Gender, Equity and Social Inclusion-based approaches to Justice Sector Programming. It provided a snapshot of key considerations and elements of a gender, equity and social inclusion (GESI) based approach to justice sector programming recognizing the importance of power dynamics and understanding marginalization more broadly. The presentation was provided by Tanyel Taysi, Senior Gender and Social Inclusion Technical Advisor at ABA ROLI.

The Wrap up and Participant Feedback Survey session was conducted by Silvana Stanga, Senior Judicial Training Technical Advisor at ABA ROLI.

Justice Sector Measurement Talks IV

Stock Taking and Good Practices in Assessing and Measuring Corruption and Anticorruption Initiatives

Thursday, October 13, 2022
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (US Eastern)
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This event focused on Stock Taking and Good Practices in Assessing and Measuring Corruption and Anticorruption Initiatives and included the following sessions:

  • Measuring Transnational Corruption - This presentation featured a snapshot of Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer (GCB). This survey captures the views and experiences of people confronting corruption around the world which is essential information for informing contextual understanding necessary for effective justice sector programming.
  • Assessing Anticorruption Efforts at the Country Level - This presentation featured a snapshot of the United National Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) Implementation Review Mechanism which combines a self-assessment by the country under review with a governmental peer review process. This presentation also provided an overview of the role that CSOs, from around the world, play in assessing their country's implementation of the UNCAC. 
  • Corruption: What’s gender got to do with it? - This interactive presentation featured and critiqued mainstream approaches to preventing, measuring, and addressing corruption; and provided insights to the gendered experiences and impacts of corruption in different contexts. Through case studies, participants explored how corruption impacts men and women differently, how corruption impacts gender inequality, and how the gender impacts of corruption can be measured and taken into account in programming.