Organizations in the legal sector are interested in generating better outcomes for the profession and for the public it serves. “Evidence-based” approaches are being adopted across multiple domains and are generating significant benefits and measurably better outcomes for stakeholders.

How could an evidence-based approach improve outcomes for legal organizations?

First, a definition: “evidence-based” refers to the methodical use of data to support decision-making.

Figure 1: An evidence-based approach utilizes data, legal system expertise, and the needs of legal system stakeholders to generate iterative outcome improvements.

Medical practitioners, human resource professionals, sports organizations and other sectors have seen exceptional results after adopting an evidence-based approach.


Because methodical collection, analysis and interpretation of relevant data reduces risks associated with uncertainty and bias.

Figure 2: An evidence-based approach doesn’t alter existing processes – it simply informs them with a well structured method of extracting evidence from data.

Standpoint Decision Support Inc. is a leading provider of data services to legal stakeholders who are working to take a more evidence-based approach to strategic planning, policy development, and optimizing operations.

Several legal regulators and others in the legal community have already begun the evidence-based journey with us, including the Law Society of British Columbia, The Law Society of Alberta, The Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation, Courthouse Libraries of BC, and others.

If you think your organization could benefit from a better use of data, please contact us. We offer a preliminary, no-cost consultation with the founders of Standpoint – Dr. Steven Wilson and Matt Sims – to hear about your work and shed light on the initial steps on the road to evidence-based practice.

Standpoint Papers & Resources

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International Conference of Legal Regulators ( Standpoint feature article – Harnessing data to advance evidence-based regulation

By now everyone is familiar with the wave of “big data” that is invading nearly every aspect of private and public life.There are “recommendation engines” implemented by companies trying to sell to us, “nudge” units in governments prompting us to pay taxes, and exercise and sleep trackers combatting our poor habits. Legal regulators have always…
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KPMG paper – Evidence-based HR

Those with a rose-tinted view of how organizations and professionals operate might assume that important decisions are only reached after poring through reams of detailed and relevant information. But the reality is that gut instinct is frequently the dominant decision-making mode in many areas of human activity. For example, it was only in the 1970s…
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Proactive Legal Regulation – Standpoint Review of Global Initiatives and Findings 2014

Traditionally, lawyer regulation has been “reactive” and individualistic – that is, regulators respond to ex post concerns about individual practitioners. Proactive regulation, on the other hand, involves the institutional or organizational context in which lawyers practice, and identifies and addresses potential gaps before they materialize into problems. While there has been some…