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:
Here are links to CLEO's most recent research reports:
- Don't smoke, Don't be poor, Read before signing: Linking health literacy and legal capability (2015)
This research provides an overview of health literacy information practices in Ontario to give PLEI organizations and related stakeholders information about effective health information practices that can be adapted to improve the accessibility, usefulness, and reach of public legal education and information.
- Evolving Legal Services Research Project: Literature Review (2013)
This report was prepared for CLEO by Dr. Melina Buckley as part of the planning phase of CLEO's Evolving Legal Services Research Project. The report contains a comprehensive review of relevant research and literature findings about the impact of PLEI on the procedural and substantive outcomes experienced by people who receive PLEI as part of the continuum of legal services.
- Public Legal Education and Information in Ontario Communities: Formats and Delivery Channels (2013)
This study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of formats and delivery channels in light of the ever-expanding opportunities for reaching people with legal information via the internet and other technologies.
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.
- 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 goal of the database is 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.