A key component of the JFA initiative is to encourage states to continuously evaluate the success of their access to justice efforts and provide a forum through which states can share and learn from others’ successes and challenges. Each state has brought to the effort its own unique set of resources and barriers, and as a result, each state’s plan is focused on different approaches. Though each state has adopted a unique methodology, the common experiences among the first seven states to receive funding has provided a basis to revise and improve the overall JFA framework as well as serve as a sounding board for newer states embarking on their JFA path.
Lessons from the Field synthesizes some of the major themes common to states and provides an opportunity for newer states to capitalize on these experiences when undertaking their own efforts. Major themes include:
- Convening diverse participants creates a robust opportunity for change
- Identification of gaps in existing services maps a direction forward
- There is no one right way to fill the gaps
- Technology is a strong multiplier of human efforts
- Strong governance is key
- Communications are vital
The JFA initiative is currently in the process of putting together an even more comprehensive white paper on best practices and lessons learned based on the early JFA states’ experiences and will continue to develop white papers on governance and other topics. Please continue to check this website for updates.