The Drake Equation

How can technology and data-driven initiatives best integrate with the local and statewide justice systems in Florida? How do we know that the resources we create are providing the assistance they’re designed to deliver? Those questions are at the heart of everything we do, so we’ve developed a framework to measure and quantify “success” within the legal aid communities.

To do that, we partnered with the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) to create our own version of The Drake Equatio, a scientific formula designed to calculate the number of intelligent civilizations living within the Milky Way Galaxy.

First proposed by radio astronomer Frank Drake in 1961, the equation multiplies several variables to calculate the probable number of intelligent civilizations. According to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), the Drake Equation is written as follows:

N = R* • fp • ne • fl • fi • fc • L

… where “N” is the number of civilizations and the remaining variables cover everything from the rate of formation of stars that could support intelligent life (“R”) to the fraction of such civilizations that would develop technology that releases detectable signs of existence into space (“fc“).

Through our research, we identified our own set of potential metrics and believe it will set a new standard for measuring this type of work.

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