SCNCAC’s Annual Reports document the Network’s growth and achievements during the year the report was issued for. In addition to highlighting activities during the year, each annual report gives details on numbers of children and families served and financial information for the year. Children’s Advocacy Centers make a difference in the lives of children in South Carolina throughout the year. SCNCAC provides support to all CACs in South Carolina every year. SCNCAC provides training, technical assistance, and development services to each of the 17 primary and 11 satellite CACs in South Carolina to help them better serve the needs of child victims and families in the communities they serve.
SCNCAC and our member CACs continue to work to remove barriers to CAC services by developing satellite CACs and cooperative agreements in rural areas of the state. We believe that all children, regardless of their location and circumstances, should have access to the reliable, effective and professional services that CACs provide.
SCNCACs Annual OMS report provides a comprehensive analysis of the outcome data provided by all of SC CACs during the year. To understand the importance of this report, we must understand the difference between outputs and outcomes. Outputs can be important information and can tell the story of “what we do” and “who we reach”. An example of outputs would be the number of forensic interviews a CAC does in a year or the number of referrals for mental health services a CAC makes. While these characteristics of cases and clients are important, they do not tell us how well we are doing. That is where outcomes come into play. Outcomes help us to answer the question, “how well are we doing what we do?”
They tell us about short-term and long-term results. They provide us with a measure of the impact a CAC is having on the community and society. While both outputs and outcomes are important for program evaluation, outcomes are especially important for CACs. Public service agencies, like CACs, are interested in mission-based objectives, which are sometimes less than concrete. Outcome measurement makes those objectives more tangible and helps to demonstrate the value of the CAC and its programs. Outcomes can give clearer evidence of the impact of the CAC and improve accountability to funders, Boards and multidisciplinary team (MDT) members. In other words, outcome measurement goes beyond the typical outputs a CAC measures (# of clients served, etc.) to show the impact of services. You may view the past years OMS reports by clicking on the links below.