IDENTIFYING AND MEASURING LEGAL VARIABLES

The starting point for a public health law research study is the careful and credible measurement of law itself. The resources in this section discuss how to conduct legal research and the coding of statutes, regulations and cases in a transparent and reproducible manner.  

Policy Surveillance Training Resources

The Learning Library at LawAtlas.org contains eight training modules that teach the policy surveillance process. The modules introduce policy surveillance step by step, using videos and downloadable resources.

The Learning Library also includes more information about the program's web-based and in-person trainings, such as its Summer Institute.

Visit LawAtlas.org/Learn to access the training program.

 

Coding Case Law for Public Health Law Evaluation

This monograph explores the special considerations in coding text when the relevant legal materials are judicial decisions. The content of case law merits careful study not simply because judicial opinions reflect or respond to the law, but because they are the law. But, more than this, judicial opinions are detailed repositories that show what kinds of disputes come before courts, how the parties frame their disputes, and how judges reason to their conclusions.

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