The problem is that if case placement is a naked metric, meaning that it is a KPI regardless of project context, then a national case placement project can be stuck to a model that in some cases actually makes representation less likely for clients. The obvious insight here is that if case placement being used as a KPI creates an inverse relationship between the KPI and the target outcome – representation – then case placement needs to be rethought as a KPI.
My challenge to everyone in the collaborative defense field is to spend time with allies and colleagues to have a conversation about what the blueprint is for the strategic capabilities we need to have to realize the ambitious and heroic goals we hold in our hearts.
It is unsurprising that since Artesia the best developed aspects of the big immigration advocacy model have come in areas where existing skill sets within the advocacy and legal community were best suited to push innovation. But if we take a thirty-thousand foot view of what we’ve accomplished since, our systems-level thinking is lagging behind.
This blog is for the practitioner first and foremost, and only then for the would-be volunteer who wishes to aid a week or a few days of their time to the projects covered, or the funder who wants to learn more about how the vanguard projects in the immigrant and refugee space are coping and responding to one of the largest global refugee flows in history.