In a post last year, I admired the straightforward presentation of key data by the Teammates mentoring program. It inspired me to publish a dashboard of key performance indicators for the police department on our own website.
Recently, another local non-profit also impressed me with a succinct presentation of key data. The Child Advocacy Center is an important local facility that has immensely improved the response of this community to serious child abuse, especially sexual abuse of children. Check out the Center’s short annual report for 2009. The graphs are simple and informative, and at a glance convey the key information about what the Center does, and about the sources and trends with these cases.
Do more, though, then just look at the graphics. Go beyond the data and think about the lives involved in these cases. Let that sink in. Look in particular at the chart at the bottom of page 3, “Reason for Referral” and think about the implications of over 600 investigations of child sexual assault from southeast Nebraska—mostly cases right here in Lincoln, investigated by LPD’s Family Crimes Unit.
I’ve known the Child Advocacy Center’s director, Lynn Ayers, for over 25 years. A more committed professional you will not find. The Center is presently engaged in a campaign to build a new facility, and would be worthy of your consideration as you consider your charitable giving in 2010.