Monitoring and Evaluation. Sound principles, good design, and reliable operations are key to rule of law programming. However, rule of law reform programming, like the concept itself, is a process. The ongoing monitoring and evaluation of outputs is essential to refining operations and designs. Achieving the ultimate objectives implies a constant commitment to learning from implementation.



Justice for All, Bangladesh. 
In Bangladesh, New-Rule Senior Advisor Marilyn Zelin and Senior Technical Director Kyra Buchko conducted a mid-term performance evaluation of the Justice for All (JFA) project for USAID under contract with Social Impact. They reviewed program achievements in raising awareness and improving the quality of government legal aid, as well as promoting court excellence. The team also provided recommendations for further strengthening legal aid delivery at the national, district, and local levels. The results of this evaluation will be used to enhance JFA program effectiveness during the remainder of the project.



USAID Assessment of Case Management Systems (CMS), Serbia.  
Under contract with Social Impact, New-Rule CEO Scott Carlson led a Case Management System Assessment Team (CMS Team), which was task with evaluating the case management systems employed in the Republic of Serbia. He approached the assignment with the understanding that his analysis should be based on an examination of CMS functionality, representing international standards that are customized to support legal procedures within the jurisdiction. These CMS international functional standards include: 1) Case Initiation and Participant Indexing; 2) Event Register and Related Record Keeping Function; 3) Scheduling Function; 4) Calendaring Function; 5) Document Generation and Processing Function; 6) Hearings Function; 7) Disposition Function; 8) Compliance and Execution Function; 9) Case Closing Function; 10) Accounting and Financial Function; 11) File, Document, and Property Management Functions; 12) Security and Data Integrity Function; 13) Management and Statistical Reports Function; and 14) Integration and Interoperability. Upon arrival in the Republic of Serbia, the CMS Team gained access to the CMS documentation for the major platforms in use and conducted extensive interviews with users and developers. The final assessment was submitted and approved by USAID. 



Promoting the Rule of Law in Peacebuilding - Lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq. During the summer of 2013, The Hague Institute for Global Justice (Hague Institute) contracted with New-Rule to conduct a comparative study on contemporary peacebuilding. Over the last decade, peacebuilding efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq represent two of the largest, and most complicated, multilateral undertakings. As these peacebuilding efforts progressed, international consensus on the centrality of rule of law as a programming component increased as well. New-Rule organized and led a study that describes and analyzes some of the key issues that senior rule of law practitioners faced in Afghanistan and Iraq. The goal of the study was to identify a selection of the key challenges, the programmatic interventions involved, and the results that followed. The study team consisted of a lead author and editor, Scott Carlson, and four rule of law experts with respective hands-on experience: William Spencer and Erin Houlihan of the Institute for International Law and Human Rights, Charles Jakosa, and Robert Lochary.

Watch a video of Scott presenting this study at the Peace Palace in Hague (August 28-29, 2013). If you want to skip to see just Scott's presentation, he is between 17.35th and 31.00th minute of this video.




UN Lesson-Learned StudyWith sponsorship from the British Government, UNDPKO commissioned New-Rule CEO Scott Carlson to collect lessons-learned in UN rule of law promotion.
New-Rule Impact

Jordanian Justice Sector Assessment

Court Automation at the East African Court of Justice

Rule of Law Strategy Development

Expert Rule of Law Opinion