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CLEO Centre for Research & Innovation

The CLEO Centre for Research & Innovation conducts research and initiates projects to help build the capacity of the community sector to reach marginalized communities with effective legal information. The Centre is a pilot project established in 2010 with funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario.

The Centre supports the work of the following CLEO projects:

Connecting CommunitiesYour Legal Rights

PLE Learning Exchange Get Ready for the ONCA


Recent research

Here are links to CLEO's most recent research reports:

For more information about CLEO's past research projects, visit the PLE Learning Exchange website.

Current research

CLEO currently has three research projects underway:

  • Evolving Legal Services Research Project, Phase II
    This three-year research project, implemented with case studies in Ontario and British Columbia, looks at when PLE programs are effective and provide individuals meaningful access to justice, particularly people who are low income or have other disadvantages. For more information, visit the Evolving Legal Services Research page.
  • Legal Life Skills: Building legal capability through existing life skills programs
    This research looks at effective, practical ways to deliver legal life skills training through established life skills programs. The project will also develop a working legal capability matrix for the Canadian context. CLEO is grateful to the Canadian Bar Association for its support of this project.
  • Mapping PLE in Ontario
    We are working on a project to map PLE resources available for the public and community groups in Ontario.

Searchable database of public legal education (PLE) research

CLEO has compiled an annotated bibliography of research relating to public legal education, with a focus on Ontario research. The goals of the database are to illuminate gaps and issues in existing literature, provide a context for future research relating to PLE, and make research findings available to legal and community workers who provide PLE. The database is available on the PLE Learning Exchange.

Get involved with CLEO's research

CLEO invites community organizations to provide input into our ongoing projects and research and to suggest possible new initiatives.

For more information about the Centre’s work, contact Julie Mathews, CLEO’s Executive Director.