The Data and Evidence for Justice Reform (DE JURE) program is a collaboration between the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice and the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) team, and has been launched at the Data and Evidence for Justice Reform Workshop in Washington, DC (June 13-16, 2017).
The idea of this workshop was to bring together government officials, World Bank staff, partner organizations, and academics working on justice, to set the research agenda for the DE JURE program and identify immediate opportunities for expanding the evidence base on justice reform. Delegation of the Serbian judiciary was: Svetlana Nenadic, elected member of the State Prosecutorial Office, Biljana Stepanovic, independent advisor at the High Judicial Council, Jasmina Ljubicic, independent advisor at the Supreme Court of Cassation and Marina Matic, consultant at the World Bank.
One of the main ideas of the seminar was to introduce several methods, adequate for different real-life scenarios in a judicial system, in order to measure the level of the access of the justice, as well as the efficiency and the quality of the justice. Participants were able to learn about the methods of evaluating the impact of justice reforms: causal inference, difference-in-difference, propensity score matching and discontinuity design, as well as the experimental methods and the concepts of power and sample size.
Justice research in progress in different countries gave the participants different perspectives on the efficiency issue and emphasized the importance of research and impact evaluation for real time policymaking in order to make a judicial system more efficient. Participants got new skills regarding statistical methods suitable for justice data. In the growing world of various data produced by the justice system, it is the most important to know what kind of data we have and how can we use them to ensure effective system of quality and integrity.