Demonstrating the efficient and effective use of resources is a hallmark of sound publicly-funded programs. This can be accomplished through the development of well thought-out performance metrics and strategies for collecting meaningful data. Such data can provide confidence that expended resources are yielding maximum results, document that services are benefitting consumers, and make the case to funders, policy makers and other stakeholders that the initiative is worthy of ongoing support. Performance measurement can also help monitor and manage programs and inform budgetary and strategic planning.

The information on this page is meant to assist Lifespan Respite grantees and their partners engage in the development of well-thought out and useful performance measurement plans as they implement activities under their Lifespan Respite grants or work to sustain these activities once federal funds are expended. The information should prove useful to others providing respite services as well.

Performance Measurement/Evaluation Resources/Measurement Tools

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Benefits and Cost Savings Due to Respite

Fact Sheet Developed by the National Respite Coalition

Collaborators/Partners Fulfillment of Agreement Matrix

Prepared by ARCH as a sample measurement tool for Lifespan Respite grantees/partners. In the far left hand column, list each agency the Lifespan Respite program collaborates with and has an…

Evaluating and Reporting Outcomes: A Guide for Respite and Crisis Care Program Managers

Authored by Dr. Ray Kirk and revised by Casandra Firman, MS, ARCH. Planned and crisis respite programs across the United States have field tested tools for measuring program outcomes. Under…

Designing and Implementing a Needs Assessment

Presentation by Brian F. Geiger, EdD, FAAHE & Marcia R. O’Neal, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences and Center for Educational Accountability…

Alabama Retrospective Pre and Post Test Survey Form

Developed by Alabama Lifespan Respite and UCP of Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley HEARTS (Health, Emergency, And Respite Treatment Service) provides home-based respite to caregivers of children birth to 19…

South Carolina Caregiver Survey Key Findings

In August 2020, the South Carolina Respite Coalition sent a survey to family caregivers and organizations serving family caregivers to get an idea of who South Carolina caregivers are and…

Idaho Caregiver Alliance Logic Model for Family Caregiver Navigator Pilot Program

Logic Model for the Family Caregiver Navigation (FCN) Pilot Program

Colorado Lifespan Respite Care Survey for Grants/Vouchers

Developed by Colorado Respite Coalition, a program of Easterseals Colorado.¬† This survey is given to the family caregivers served by the Colorado Respite Coalition’s respite grant or voucher funds.¬† ¬†It…

Respite Care Information and Referral Service Evaluation Form

Developed by the Delaware Lifespan Respite Care Network  

More Nationally Recognized Tools:

See these websites for validated measurement and assessment tools: 

 Measures for Assessing Caregiving Coping (APA):
 Care Receiver Assessment Tools (APA):
 Parent Caregiver Tools (APA):

American Psychological Association, Public Interest Directorate. Caregiver Assessment Tools. 

Family Caregiver Alliance and Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (2012; 2nd Edition). Selected Caregiver Assessment Measures: A Resource Inventory for Practitioners 

Lund, D; Wright, SD; Caserta, M; Utz, R; Lindfelt, C; Montoro-Rodriguez, J; and Shon, H (2014). Time for Living and Caring, Making Respite Services Work for You.

US Administration on Aging. Performance Measurement Outcome Project (POMP).