Data, Fact Sheets & Charts

The programmed survey instrument, codebook, and data files from the 2017 Justice Gap Measurement Survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago are available for download.
he Grantee Activity Report (GAR) is the largest and longest running data collection effort on civil legal aid in the United States. Dating back to 1976, the Legal Service Corporation (LSC) has recorded and reported data from our grantees in a variety of ways. GAR data is distributed to the public in the LSC Fact Books, which are now called “By the Numbers.” The data is gathered annually from all grantees on a calendar year basis. Grantees use automated reporting forms that are accessible via the Internet. Consistent with the White House guidance on the use of administrative data for research and evidence building LSC believes that the data our grantees provide is a critical resource for the legal services community. The data that the LSC Grantees provide make it possible to measure and report on the accomplishments of legal services over extended periods of time and across different areas of the country. The information from the GAR reflect the supply of legal services that can be especially powerful when linked to other sources of data, such as the American Community Survey and other population based data sources, which help identify the “demand” side of the equation. LSC believes that making the data accessible in a variety of formats will help grantees as they explore trends in their own administrative data.
LSC obtains demographic information from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). The tables have been requested from the Census Bureau to be disaggregated at the LSC Service Area and state levels by key demographic categories. These tables are available for download and can be browsed below. For more state-level data or for data by county, congressional district, or other geographic areas please visit American FactFinder. The American Community Survey is a national survey that uses a series of monthly samples to produce annual population estimates for small areas. Tabulations are available for all areas based on 5-years of sample data (e.g., 2013-2017), and more current 1-year tabulations are available for areas with greater than 65,000 people. Refer to the US Census Bureau American Community Survey website for more information about the survey and methodology.
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