Expert Panel on Respite Research and the ARCH Respite Research Consortium

A current focus of ARCH is to collect, synthesize, disseminate and stimulate research to improve respite practice and sustainability. The Expert Panel on Respite Research, convened by ARCH in collaboration with the Administration for Community Living, is key to helping accomplish this mission by engaging experts in the field in informed discussions of current respite research and possibilities for future investigation. A final report, including a respite research agenda, was released in October 2015.

ARCH built a Respite Research Consortium to link interested researchers and funders to engage in respite research that follows the research framework developed by the Expert Panel, and to help implement the Expert Panel's research recommendations.

Research Consortium Updates

Respite Reseach Summit, June 19, 2020. Read more.

Final Report, Research Agenda for Respite Care: Deliberations of an Expert Panel of Researchers, Advocates and Funders, click here.

List of Expert Panel Members

Expert Panel Goals

Annotated Bibliography, updated 2018

Implementing the Panel's Recommendations

ARCH issued a Respite Research Prospectus to build a Respite Research Consortium to implement the Panel's Recommendations. We were assisted in publicizing this effort through a blog posted by the John A Harford Foundation, which also shared information about ARCH's efforts to implement the Panel's recommendations in a webinar for Grantmakers in Aging, "Conversations with GIA" - Family Caregiving: New Horizons for Caring Across America."


Respite Research Consortium Updates and Funding Opportunities

January 2019

October 2018

September 2019
  • ARCH Comments in Response to Notice Number: NOT-AG-19-016, Invitation for Input on the 2020 National Research Summit on Care, Services, & Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers, National Institute on Aging

If you are a researcher or funder and would like more information on how you can participate in the Respite Research Consortium, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Respite Research Summit

June 19, 2020, Madison, Wisconsin

In 2015, the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center released recommendations for conducting focused research on respite care in its final report, Research Agenda for Respite Care: Deliberations of an Expert Panel of Researchers, Advocates and Funders.  Since then, ARCH has brought together researchers and funders in a Respite Research Consortium to help implement the Panel's research recommendations.

In conjunction with the International Short Break Conference, ARCH will convene a Respite Research Summit for researchers in the ARCH Research Consortium, members of the Expert Panel on Respite Research, international and U.S. researchers, advocates and others who are interested in helping to build an evidence-base for respite. The Summit will explore the current state of respite research and the status of implementing the Expert Panel's recommendations to advance a respite research agenda. The Summit will also provide a forum for continued discussion on the future of respite research.

The Respite Research Summit will be held on June 19, 2020, in Madison, WI. To ensure meaningful engagement of participants, advanced registration is required, and registration will be limited.  Check back often for more information.


Registration for the Full Conference and/or the Respite Research Summit.  There is a separate $50 registration fee for the Reseach Summit. If you are an ARCH paid member, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will send you a special link to access the discounted registration rate for the Full Conference.