Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis User's Guide to Outcomes and Indicators

The DCFSL User's Guide is a guide with explanations of the Foundation's thinking of what the outcomes/indicators mean along with examples of evaluation tools intended for illustration purposes only. The purpose of the guide is to assist applicants apply the examples provided and/or develop their own measures to track and report on DCFSL Outcomes and Indicators. Utilizing items verbatim from the examples are acceptable as long as no copyright rules are broken or when the appropriate permissions from the instrument authors have been requested.


DCFSL Required Application Documents

DCFSL Evaluation Tools: Surveys and Grids

Human Trafficking Prevention

The Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis completed a study (November 2016) on the need for human trafficking prevention in our region, particularly the prevention of the commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth (CSEC). The report is known as “Understanding Community Needs and Priorities for Preventing Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth: A Funder’s Framework for Addressing Prevention.” 

To view the full report click here: DCFSL Report

What is Human Trafficking?

Tools That Teach: What is Human Trafficking?

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Published on May 16, 2016
The Blue Campaign infographic resources will help you to answer the question, “What is Human Trafficking?” Please help us bring this crime out of the shadows by sharing these materials on social media.

Coalition against Trafficking and Exploitation
CATE is a St. Louis-based community movement for education and awareness, responding to trafficking through public advocacy, training, and outreach to youth in the city and county area.

National Human Trafficking Resource Center
This anti-trafficking center’s website provides research, training and volunteer opportunities, as well as victim services like internet safety tips and a live toll-free 24-hour hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

Polaris Project
From advocating for legislative change and participating in educational and strategy development to client services and engaging the community to fight trafficking, the Polaris Project is a global effort for freedom. They also offer a national hotline via telephone at 1-888-373-7888 or text at BeFree (233733).

St. Louis Rescue & Restore Coalition
This network of nonprofits, government agencies, law enforcement and volunteers based in Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois provides access to services while also participating in education, training, awareness and advocacy efforts.

Immigrants & Refugees

Catholic Legal Immigrant Network
CLINIC promises to promote dignity and protect the rights of immigrant families. This is done through advocacy, legal support, religious services and other programs.

Immigration Policy Center
As the research and policy portion of the American Immigration Council, IPC’s goal is to reshape the conversation around immigration. Their main function is to provide information and expertise both to citizens and Capitol Hill.

Justice for Immigrants
Justice for Immigrants desires to educate and rally the Catholic community to create positive immigrant reform and organize Catholic networks to provide benefits that come from such a reform.

Migration Policy Institute
This Washington, DC think tank provides research for policies and initiatives concerning refugees and immigrants at local, national and international levels.

National Council of La Raza
Although NCLR is the largest Latino advocacy organization in the U.S., its local presence is felt through 300 affiliated community-based organizations nationwide. NCLR works primarily in the policy and advocacy sphere, but also provides capacity-building assistance to the affiliated organizations so that opportunities can be advanced to local immigrant families.

National Immigration Law Center
With a mission to “defend and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrant families,” NILC provides a wide range of services from engaging in lawsuits on behalf of immigrant families to advocacy and capacity building for area lawyers.

NETWORK is a Catholic leader in global movement for justice and peace, primarily focused on educating, organizing and lobbying for economic and social transformation.

BEST Index

The Basic Economic Security Tables (BEST) Index is a tool used to determine the amount of income a working adult must have to meet their basic needs-such as housing, food, transportation, child care, and saving for emergencies and retirement.  It is searchable by county and state and takes into account the family type (number of workers and number of children).

Seniors Living Independently

The Illinois State Budget Impasse: Impact on Low-Income Seniors was recently  developed for the Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis by the CORO Fellows in February 2017. Through research and interviews with older adults and service providers, the report’s findings bring much needed attention to unintended, harmful consequences the state’s budget impasse is having on vulnerable older adults nearly two years since the impasse was first imposed by the state’s governor. The report also examines the impact the Illinois budget impasse is having on the caregivers or families and the organizations that struggle to stay open to provide the most basic of care for seniors living in the South West Illinois counties of Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, St. Clair, Bond, Monroe, Calhoun, and Clinton Illinois.

To view the full report click here: DCFSL Impact of Illinois State Budget Impasse on SW IL Seniors

Administration on Aging
This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency that implements the Older Americans Act provides services and programs ranging from caregiver and support services to legal services in order to help aging individuals live independently.

Elder Index

The Elder Economic Security Standard Index (Elder Index) is a tool used to determine the true cost of living for seniors and present local expenses, savings requirements, and what incomes are needed to achieve economic security by family type, and at the city, county, and state levels.  It takes into account housing (own/rent, single/married), healthcare, transportation, food, and miscellaneous expenses that a senior would need to meet their basic needs and age in place with dignity.

Oral Health America
This national non-profit organization is working to educate Americans about the importance of mouth health to overall health and well-being, as well as connect communities to available resources and advocate for policies that improve oral health for all Americans.

Saint Louis County Access & Functional Needs Registry
An emergency preparedness program for older adults and people with disabilities with resources to promote independence, safety, and well-being for older residents.

St. Louis City Senior Fund
Visit Seniors Count to gain a better understanding of the unmet needs of seniors living in Greater St Louis. This effort consists of 30 organizations dedicated to improving health, nutrition and quality of life for those vulnerable due to low income and addressing the gap in funding for support services that benefit the needs of seniors.

Tooth Wisdom
This Oral Health America program is focused on providing dental education, resources and care to meet the specific needs of Older Adults.


National Veterans Foundation

This website gives a list of national resources for veterans in various categories (hotlines, VA benefits, social supports, health, etc.)

National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics

NCVAS serves as the authoritative clearinghouse for VA to collect, validate, analyze, and disseminate key statistics on Veteran population and VA programs to support planning, analysis, and decision-making activities.

Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center

The Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center (PEPReC) provides timely, rigorous data analysis to support the development of high-priority policy, planning, and management initiatives. It also coordinates and supports the design and implementation of randomized program evaluations with strong potential to improve the quality and efficiency of VA healthcare. 

Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute

The Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute is a non-partisan think tank that empowers veterans and provides clear, reliable information that leads to better healthcare outcomes for veterans and was founded by veterans, medical professionals, and patient advocates.

Capacity Building

Grand Victoria Toolkit
Most organizations, at one time or another, will use outside consultants to address a capacity need that internal resources can't meet. If you or your organization is considering a consultant engagement, the Grand Victoria Toolkit will provide guidelines to four key steps nonprofit leaders must take to ensure the desired results are achieved, the expectations are mutually understood, solid deliverables are generated by a consultant in a timely manner, and more.

 The TCC Group

Evaluating Capacity-Building Efforts of Nonprofit Organizations: This article from the TCC Group explains how nonprofit organizations, consultants, funders, and evaluators can evaluate capacity-building activities. Evaluation of capacity building can help inform and, ultimately, improve efforts to build effective nonprofit organizations that can manage and sustain high-impact programs for a long time to come.

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