United Way of Central Jersey
Funding Priorities

United Way of Central Jersey will only consider requests for funding through its annual RFP process to support operating costs for evidence-based programs with measurable outcomes
that fall into one of three issue areas: 

 
Children Ready to Succeed
Ensures healthy development and school readiness of children 0 to 5 years old.
 
Youth on Track
Prepares youth ages 6-18 to become accountable adults
 
Families Living Well
Ensures that families with children are healthy and economically self sufficient,
safe and protected.
 
United Way also supports targeted initiatives in each of the areas above that are not
part of the annual RFP process. These include the Quality Initiative, Nurse Family Partnership and Parent-Child Home Program (Children), Early Grade Reading (Kids),
the VITA program (Families), immigrant services and 2-1-1 (all three areas). Ongoing oversight of these initiatives is provided by the volunteer Community Needs Committe.

United Way volunteers, staff and other community stakeholders determine funding priorities, which are reviewed regularly and amended as needed. Input is gathered
from, among other sources, the Community Needs Committee, community service providers, United Way’s program review volunteers, the United Way of Central Jersey Board of Trustees and United Way Worldwide.
 

1. Children Ready to Succeed
Ensures healthy development and school readiness of children 0 to 5 years old

United Way

Funded Programs

United Way will measure and report on these outcomes/ indicators to determine impact of its investment on the community

Funded programs are required to measure at least one program outcome than can demonstrate a change in client knowledge, behavior, or skills.

United Way Outcomes

United Way
Indicators

Funded Program Outcomes
Examples

Funded Program  Measurements
Example Sources:

1-A) Babies are born healthy into an environment that is free from neglect, abuse and avoidable illness

 

 

Examples of services which meet this outcome:
parental education and support

1-A-1) Documented measures using reasonable population comparisons which demonstrate increased rate of infants born full term, decreased low birth weights or other medical complications

1-A-2) Documented measures using reasonable population comparisons which demonstrate reduced interventions for abuse, neglect or illness

1-a-1) Increased rate of infants born full term and/or with decreased low birth weights and other medical complications, based on NJ or national population statistics

 

Hospital and public health records

1-a-2) Reductions in reporting of neglect, abuse or avoidable illness for mothers which demonstrates they are able to provide a nurturing environment for their infants

Before and after case follow-up surveys which document knowledge gained through education and professional assessments or treatment; NJ or national baseline abuse statistics for serviced population which represent treated population, or data for program clients demonstrating a change in condition against baseline data

1-B) Children are developmentally on track and demonstrate readiness to succeed in schooll

 

Examples of services which meet this outcome:
Early Care and Education Parent/Family Support Mentoring

1-B-1) Documented improvement of early social and literacy skills to age-appropriate levels

 

1-B-2 Documentation that client population serviced is experiencing increased numbers/rates of children developmentally on track

1-B-3) Documentation that the agency is seeking to meet or exceed accreditation standards for staff training and program services provided

1-b-1) Against baseline testing children within the program demonstrate improvement in desired skills at age-appropriate levels

NJ and/or nationally recognized child assessment tools. Before and after case follow-up surveys which document client population achieved or trending towards attainment of age appropriate skill levels

1-b-2) As compared with similar populations, children in program meet or exceed age-appropriate developmental milestones or demonstrate improvement on individual milestones

NJ and/or nationally recognized child assessment tools, such as the Ages and States questionnaire

1-b-3) Documentation of receipt/revalidation of licensed accreditation program for centers or staff

Staff training, accreditation/licensing, graduation records

 

2. Youth on Track
Prepares youth ages 6-18 to become accountable adults

United Way

Funded Programs

United Way will measure and report on these outcomes/ indicators to determine impact of its investment on the community

Funded programs are required to measure at least one program outcome than can demonstrate a change in client knowledge, behavior, or skills.

United Way Outcomes

United Way
Indicators

Funded Program Outcomes
Examples:

Funded Program  Measurements
Examples Sources:

II-A) Youth demonstrate improved personal and academic success.

Examples of services which meet this outcome:

  • After-school and summer programs
  • Substance abuse
  • prevention
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy/reading programs
  • Tutoring
  • Parent literacy programs
  • Parent resources/networks aligned with schools

II-A-1) Documentation of improved standardized test scores against baseline of pre or initial services contact.

II-A-2) Documented education records showing children are reading at grade level for target program participants.

 

II-A-3) Documentation of improved graduation rates (middle school/8th and 12th grade), and/or reduced drop-out rates for target program participants.

 

II-A-4) Documentation of improved student attendance and/or reduced suspension rates over initiation of client contact or program initiation.

II-A-5) Documentation against baseline of student self esteem and commitment to education (ex. improved attitude, attendance, grades, etc.).

II-A-6) Documentation of reduced substance abuse, pregnancy, suicide, HIV/AIDS, or obesity.

 

 

II-A-7) Documentation of utilization of support systems/tools for parents/caregivers making them equipped to help their children succeed in school.

II-a-1) Individual participant education records which demonstrate improved school academic performance.

School records, standardized test scores

II-a-2) Education records of participant children in selected programs/schools who were identified as below grade readers are reading at grade level by Grade 3 and/or documentation of improvement against individual milestones.

School records, report cards, teacher assessments. Third grade reading proficiency as measured by accepted indicators

II-a-3) Participant youth remain in school on par with national attendance rates; II-a-3) Graduation rates for client population against pre program engagement baseline improve, drop-out rates decrease.

School records; assessments of participants against NJ or national attendance/drop-out rates

II-a-4) Participant youth demonstrate improved attendance rates against pre- program engagement or initial contact

School records; Assessments of participants against NJ or national attendance/drop-out rates

II-a-5) Post program engagement self assessment.  Youth demonstrate increased self esteem as compared with pre/initial program engagement.

Accredited youth assessment tools/surveys.

 

II-a-6) Results of pre-post assessments indicate youth participants have increased knowledge of consequences and/or reduce risky behaviors;

II-a-6) Youth have access to safe place and adult guidance for learning & development unavailable pre-program engagement.

Pre-post assessment tools, documented achievements, youth assessment tool.

 

 

II-a-7) Parents have and use tools provided through program engagement to effectively support their children’s academic progress and serve as advocates for their children.

Reporting indicating increased parental involvement with schools as compared with baseline pre program engagement

 

II-B) Children achieve and maintain good health

Examples of services which meet this outcome:
Family health
Parent/family support

II-B-1) Documentation of higher rates of recommended immunizations.

 

II-B-2) Documentation of increased access to routine primary healthcare for target program population.

 

 

II-B-3) Documented increase in access to specialized care for disabilities for target community population.

II-b-1) Against a baseline of pre-post program participation families of newborns understand the importance of recommended immunizations and maintain immunization schedule.

Reporting indicating immunization rates against NJ or national averages or prior rates in targeted community/population.

II-b-2) Documentation of children enrolled in affordable primary healthcare facilities to ensure good health as a direct result of program initiatives.

Reporting indicating number of clients, visits and treatments provided by program. Professional assessment of client populations' health improvement or stabilization

II-b-3) Children receive timely & appropriate treatment & support for disabilities.

Documented increased access to needed disability services including number of clients, visits and treatments provided by program

II-C) Children live in an environment that that fosters their physical, intellectual and emotional development

Examples of services which meet this outcome:
Parent/family support
Parenting skills
Mentoring

 

II-C-1) Decreased rate of child abuse and neglect.

 

 

 

II-C-2) Increased number/rate of children developmentally on track.

II-c-1) Against a baseline of pre-post program participation parents improve parenting skills and/or eliminate abusive or neglectful behavior.

Documentation of training, pre-post behavior assessment tools, increased knowledge; public records indicating client population improvement in contact with authorities for incidents of abuse or neglect

II-c-2) Improved parent-child interactions through education and mentoring.

Child assessment tools such as the Ages and Stages questionnaire

 

3. Families Living Well
Ensures that families are safe and protected, healthy and economically self sufficient

United Way

Funded Programs

United Way will measure and report on these outcomes/indicators to determine impact of its investment on the community

Funded programs are required to measure at least one program outcome than can demonstrate a change in client knowledge, behavior, or skills.

United Way Outcomes

United Way Indicators

Funded Program Outcomes
Examples include:

Funded Program  Measurements
Examples Sources:

III-A) Families live in safe homes and communities.

Examples of services which meet this outcome:
Support services, violence intervention, violence prevention

III-A-1) Documented reduction/elimination of  domestic/family violence

 

III-a-1) Documentation of the number of families enrolled in the program and nay new skills or knowledge learned as a result of being in the program.

Documentation that interventions have allowed participants to reduce or live free from domestic abuse, violence or neglect. Pre/post assessment tool/survey; comparison of client population incidents post program engagement to NJ or national averages

III-B) Families are able to function effectively and achieve and maintain economic independence.

Examples of services which meet this outcome:
Economic services, client advocacy, client training

III-B-1) Documented number of families receiving temporary/permanent housing assistance

 

 

 

III-B-2) Documentation of reduced unemployment/underemployment

 

 

 

III-B-3) Documentation of Increased enrollments in economic support programs.

 

 

III-B-4) Documentation of increased access to civil legal services for the disadvantaged not previously available to client population prior to program involvement.

III-b-1) Documentation by type of affordable, temporary/permanent sustainable housing achieved by homeless families.

Number of families served; Length temporary services were/are provided; length of time in transitional housing until permanent housing placement; reporting on post-assistant sustainment (6 mos,1yr)

III-b-2) Adults with families improve job or job seeking skills through pre-post assessment evolution; adults with families obtain sustainable employment.

Accredited assessment tools/survey; program graduation records and documentation of job offers and employment

III-b-3) Clients’ job placement is improved and/or financial management skills are improved as a direct benefit of program enrollment.

 

Program graduation records; documentation of job offers and employment; client financial income / savings rates as compared to baseline pre-post program engagement

III-b-4) Clients achieve legal status and recognition to which they are due. III-b-4) Clients receive civil legal services which resolve family and economic issues

Record of legal outcomes by type

III-C) Families are able to achieve and maintain good nutrition and health.

Examples of services that meet this outcome: Medical, mental health and food services

III-C-1) Documented improved health and well being through nutritional feeding programs against pre-post program enrollment.

 

III-C-2) Documented increase in access to primary healthcare against pre-post program enrollment.

 

 

 

III-C-3) Documentation of a decrease in usage of emergency rooms for routine health visits.

 

 

III-C-4) Demonstration of client base receiving increased access to mental health & substance abuse treatment.

III-c-1) Families can provide good nutrition, health and well-being.

 

Quantitative program records of clients, meals, other support services, increased knowledge of good nutritional practices

III-c-2) Families are able to maintain good health through routine access to appropriate private or government health care benefits.

Quantitative program records of: enrollments, treatments & improved health status, reduction in utilization of emergency room services, & inverse use of health facilities

III-c-3) Families gain routine access to affordable primary healthcare.

Quantitative program records of: enrollments, treatments & improved health status, reduction in utilization of emergency room services, & inverse use of health facilities

III-c-4) Families complete treatment goals at discharge. III-c-4) Cessation of or decrease in drug use, smoking and/or alcohol.

Functioning assessment tools/Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF)