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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Evaluating Outcomes for Children and Families Receiving Crisis Nursery Services

The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center conducted the Crisis Nursery Program evaluation to examine relationships between crisis respite care and (1) incidents of reported child abuse and (2)…

Idaho Caregiver Alliance Lifespan Respite Logic Model

Conflict Tactics Scales

Parent report (i.e., self-administered) or direct parent assessment (i.e., administration in person or over the telephone) The CTS have been used to evaluate violence within families and intimate relationships. The…

North Carolina Minigrant Sample Pre and Post Respite Caregiver Surveys

Developed by the North Carolina Lifespan Respite Project The NC Lifespan Respite Project implemented minigrants in 2013 to community and faith-based agencies across the state to provide respite services. These…

VA Respite Voucher Satisfaction Survey 2022

As part of the Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program, caregivers are required to fill out this brief Satisfaction Survey and submit it to the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services…

Respite Voucher Reimbursement Packet 2022

The Respite Voucher Reimbursement Packet was developed by the VA Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services for use by the state’s Lifespan Respite Care Program. The packet includes instructions for…

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…

Caregiver Survey from Tennessee Respite Coalition

Example of a caregiver survey from Tennessee Respite Coalition to measure the outcomes of respite care.

Evaluating Respite: A Primer

Evaluating Respite: A Primer a presentation by Casandra Firman, ARCH Evaluation Consultant This presentation offers a primer on Respite Evaluation and answers the questions:  Why evaluate? and What to Evaluate?…

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).