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    Chicago Lights
    Impact & Measurement
    Accountability & Finance
    Culture & Community
    Leadership & Adaptability

    Chicago Lights

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    501(c)(3) organization
    Donations are tax-deductible
    126 East Chestnut Street
    Chicago IL 60611

    Chicago IL | IRS ruling year: 1991 | EIN: 36-3786331  
    An EIN is a unique nine-digit number that identifies a business for tax purposes.
    An EIN is a unique nine-digit number that identifies a business for tax purposes.
     
    Organization Mission
    Chicago Lights builds brighter futures for Chicago's youth and adults through supportive relationships and life-changing programs. We provide creative youth developm ... (More)
     

    Rating Information

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    Great

    This charity's score is 95%, earning it a Four-Star rating. If this organization aligns with your passions and values, you can give with confidence.

    This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores, weighted as follows: 59% Accountability & Finance, 25% Impact & Measurement, 16% Culture & Community. Learn more about our criteria and methodology.

    Historical Ratings
    Charity Navigator's ratings previously did not consider Leadership & Adaptability, Culture & Community, or Impact & Measurement. The historic rating mainly reflects a version of today’s Accountability and Finance score. More information on our previous rating methodologies can be found on our rating methodology page.
     
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    Rating Report

    Impact & Measurement
    Score

    84

    This beacon estimates the actual impact a charity has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.

    Assessments

    Impact

    Unscored

    0% of Impact & Measurement score

    Measurement

    84 out of 100 points

    100% of Impact & Measurement score
    Full Credit
    Partial Credit
    No Credit
    The Measuring Outcomes assessment evaluates how well a charity tracks progress towards its mission's outcomes.

    Displayed below are the responses provided by the charity for the Measuring Outcomes assessment. Each question is designed to address specific criteria, with responses eligible for full, partial, or no credit. Please refer to the scoring rubric for details on how responses are scored.

    Selected program: Tutoring
    Program Planning and Design
    25 out of 29 points
     
    This section assesses the use of crucial evaluation tools in program objective-setting and activities.
    Charity leadership uses information collected to make decisions regarding programs
    • Agree, uses information collected to improve programs
    Charity staff have training or experience in monitoring and evaluation
    • Agree, staff have experience working with monitoring and evaluation practices
    Charity has documents and reviews how program activities lead to change
    • Agree, documents and reviews
    Charity has researched program model before implementation in the following ways
    • Consulted other nonprofits
    • Referred to the practices of similar nonprofits
    • Surveyed target population
    Charity revisits how program activities lead to change
    • Agree, does revisit how program activities lead to change
    Charity tracks program progress in the following ways
    • Tracks activities
    • Tracks outcomes and impacts
    • Aligns plan with mission
    Program Development
    21 out of 26 points
     
    This section assesses the consideration of stakeholders in program objectives and activities.
    Charity identifies program target population needs in the following ways
    • Consulted other nonprofits
    • Reviewed data from prior monitoring and/or evaluation
    • Conducted a needs assessment
    Charity considers practical, cultural, and political needs and interests of those served by program
    • Agree, charity is responsive to practical, cultural, and political needs
    Charity reviews the work whether similar organizations work on the same problem
    • Agree, reviews the work of similar organizations
    Charity uses SMART Goals
    • Partially agree, identified some Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound (SMART) goals
    Data Collection and Analysis
    14 out of 18 points
     
    This section assesses the best practices used in collecting and analyzing program data.
    Charity tracks program information in the following ways
    • Collects data before a program is initiated
    • Collects data when a program is complete
    Charity collects programmatic information on those served by the program in the following ways
    • Identifies the number of those served by program
    • Collects demographic data of those served by program
    • Identifies the number of those successfully served by the program
    • Collects information about the quality of service from the target population
    Charity collects and analyzes program information to determine results in the following ways
    • Generates summary statistics of key metrics
    • Conducts data analysis over multiple points in time to measure change over time
    • Compares programs results to programs that work on the same issues
    Reporting and Distribution of Results
    15 out of 18 points
     
    This section assesses reporting and disseminating program results.
    Charity reports program results to key stakeholders
    • Funders
    • Staff and volunteers
    • Board members
    • Participants/beneficiaries of our work
    Charity reports both favorable and unfavorable results
    • Yes, charity reports both favorable of unfavorable results
    Use of Results
    9 out of 9 points
     
    This section assesses the use of results to guide learning.
    Charity uses program results to inform future work for the following reasons
    • Sustain and secure funding
    • Inform strategic planning
    • Improve program operations
    • Understand the impact of their work
    • Inform how we create future programs
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