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2016 - 2019 Financial Stability Investment

United Way of the Cape Fear Area Impact Framework

Impact Area: Education – Investment Years 2015-2018

United Way of the Cape Fear Area’s Education Vision Council determined that there is a need to focus on specific components of education to ensure that target goals are being met.  The components of Academics/Literacy, Social Competence, and Family/Support represent a cohesive plan to address educational needs from birth through adulthood.

Within each target, programs should:

  • Focus on vulnerable populations and their access to your program
  • Show how your program connects clients to other appropriate services to address unmet needs
  • Address barriers to program (example: transportation, childcare for parent engagement, etc. )
  • Show a level of collaboration that  impacts program outcomes
  • Utilize proven evaluation tools that are clearly tied to program outcomes
  • Demonstrate fidelity in program implementation and measurement to evaluate impact
  • Show how your program fits in the education continuum from birth to adulthood
  • Incorporate the identified education components: Social Competence, Academics/Literacy, Family/Support
  • Category: Birth to PreKindergarten

    Target: Empower children and parents/guardians to be ready to learn and be successful in school

    Indicators:  Not limited to those listed here, but should include more than one of the following:

    • Increase the number of parents who report that they are aware of developmental milestones and social competence.
      • Focus on: Social Competence and Family/Support
    • Increase the number of parent/guardians engaged in literacy activities with their children.
      • Focus on: Academics/Literacy and Family/Support
    • Increase the number of children enrolled in 3-5 star licensed child care facilities. (meaning that children are learning a developmentally appropriate curriculum from licensed professionals)
      • Focus on: Academics/Literacy
    • Increase the number of children demonstrating progress in a developmentally appropriate curriculum.
      • Focus on: Academics/Literacy

  • Category: Kindergarten to 12th Grade

    Target: Empower children and parents/guardians to stay in and be successful in school

    Indicators:  Not limited to those listed here, but should include more than one of the following:

    • Students exhibiting continuous improvement in core subject areas
      • Focus on: Academics/Literacy
    • Students exhibiting improved attendance in school
      • Focus on: Academics/Literacy
    • Students promoted to the next grade
      • Focus on: Academics/Literacy
    • Students improving or maintaining targeted behavior in the classroom
      • Focus on: Academics/Literacy and Social Competence

    Education Framework

    • Families exhibiting increased engagement in child’s school and/or after school activities.
      • Focus on: Academics/Literacy, Social Competence, and Family/Support

  • Category: Adults; Middle/High School-Aged Youth not enrolled in educational opportunities

    Target: Empower youth and parents/guardians to be prepared for higher education, adulthood, and/or parenthood and economic stability

    • Programs within this age range should be for Education of the adult for the adult or Education of the adult for his/her children.

    Indicators:  Not limited to those listed here, but should include more than one of the following:

    • Participants demonstrate progress in basic skill building tools related to their individual goals.
      • Focus on: Academics/Literacy
    • Participants demonstrate progress towards a High School diploma, GED, Post secondary education, or skill certification if related to their individual goals.
      • Focus on: Academics/Literacy
    • Participants exhibit increased social competence and independence through civic involvement, successful navigation of health system, and/or basic finance and math skills.
      • Focus on: Social Competence
    • Participants evidence increased constructive involvement in their children’s school life.
      • Focus on: Social Competence and Family/Support
    • Participants evidence increased awareness of their children’s developmental milestones and social competence.
      • Focus on: Social Competence and Family/Support
    • Participants evidence increased engagement in literacy activities with their children.
      • Focus on: Academics/Literacy and Family/Support

Impact Area: Financial Stability – Investment Years 2016-2019

Within each target category programs should:

  • Focus on vulnerable populations (i.e. newly homeless, seniors, children, disabled, veterans, ex-convicts etc.)
  • Have a meaningful balance of intervention and prevention strategies
  • Show a level of collaboration and/or continuity of services
  • Utilize best practices
  • Have measurable indicators linked to concrete outcomes
  • Address accessibility and transportation issues
  • Incorporate financial literacy or other skills that lead to self sufficiency
  • Target Category: Employability and Jobs

    Areas of emphasis may include:

    • Basic Employment Skills
    • Matching skills to available employment
    • Job counseling
    • Entrepreneurship

  • Target Category: Access to Housing and Housing Stability

    Areas of emphasis may include:

    • Supportive Housing
    • Case Management
    • Repair of Substandard Housing
    • Assisted Living Support

  • Target Category: Basic Needs

    Areas of emphasis may include:

    • Food
    • Shelter
    • Utilities
    • Clothing

Impact Area : Health – Investment Years 2014-2017

 Within each target issue programs should:

  • Focus on underserved populations (i.e. disabled, newly homeless, outside eligibility for other care options, Medicaid/Medicare churn etc…)
  • Have a meaningful balance of intervention and prevention strategies
  • Show a level of collaboration
  • Utilize best practices (i.e. integrated care)
  • Have measurable indicators linked to concrete outcomes
  • Innovative Solutions (i.e. co-location, group care, mobile care, telecare etc…)
  • Target Category: Access to Health Care

    Target Issues:

    • Primary Care
    • Specialty Care
    • Dental Care
    • Mental Health Care
    • Substance Use Disorder Care

    Areas of emphasis may include but are not limited to:

    • Direct Services
    • Prescriptions
    • Case Management
    • Secondary Prevention
    • Intervention