Since 1997 the Centre for Community Justice & Development (CCJD) has been running a community-based paralegal (CBP’s) service for the rural and marginalized people of the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal.
A pilot impact study of the work of the paralegals was undertaken in 2006. In order to refine this, an impact research study was carried out from 2008 to 2012 to coincide with and complement the comprehensive review of the outreach programme, spanning the fifteen years of operation, 1997-2012
This report is published as part of the Community-Based Access to Justice Series which focuses on different aspects of the work of community-based paralegals to make justice accessible to people at the grass-roots level.
Objectives of the Impact Study
Within the broader evaluation framework, the objectives of the impact study were:
The central question that underlies impact can be stated as: has the community based- paralegal programme made a substantial difference in the lives of the beneficiaries, directly and indirectly?
The specific research protocol identified five priority areas of impact. These are:
Each of these five priority areas is explained in detail below. These themes form the backbone of this report, and wider issues contained in the broad objectives will be further elaborated in other sections of this document.