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.
Recommendations for Developing Performance Metrics for State Lifespan Respite Programs
The guide provides a roadmap with tools and step-by-step suggestions for developing a performance measurement plan that will reflect the unique goals, activities and approaches undertaken by State Lifespan Respite grantees and their partners. It defines and provides examples of performance targets and suggestions for measuring them. Finally, it offers examples of how grantees can plan and document their individual program’s performance targets and collect appropriate data for measurement and reporting purposes. Although all grantees are held accountable for the goals and objectives identified in their grant proposals, there is no requirement for grantees...
Performance Measurement/Evaluation Resources/Measurement Tools
From Evaluating and Reporting Outcomes: a Guide for Respite and Crisis Care Program Managers, ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center Pre-Post Retrospective Survey for assessing the outcomes of crisis…
Prepared by Administration for Community Living, Office of Performance and Evaluation, ACL Data Council, 2021 This brief provides an introduction to measuring systems change, including how systems and systems change…
Time for Living and Caring: Making Respite Services Work for You! This brochure from the faculty at the University of Utah Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program and California State University at San…
A White Paper by the ARCH Committee for Advancement of Respite Research (CARR) Purpose The purpose of this white paper is to provide an in-depth description of the current challenges…
Developed by the Delaware Lifespan Respite Network This Financial Assistance Evaluation Form (Voucher Respite) was developed to measure satisfaction with the intake process and with the respite care provided. Questions…
Report by Cheryl Dinnell, Coordinator, Nevada Lifespan Respite Care Program Data on caregivers in this report came from applications, assessments, pre- and post-respite surveys, and voucher claim forms. This information…
Developed by the Delaware Lifespan Respite Care Network to evaluate satisfaction with the RespiteOnline Service.
Recommendations for Developing Performance Metrics for State Lifespan Respite Programs. The guide provides a roadmap with tools and step-by-step suggestions for developing a performance measurement plan that will reflect the…
Project Title: Building Long-Term Sustainability in State Lifespan Respite Programs (Lifespan Respite) – New York ACL Grant: # 90LRLI0012 Project Period: September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2020 (3 years)…
More Nationally Recognized Tools:
See these websites for validated measurement and assessment tools:
Time for Living and Caring: Making Respite Services Work for You! from researchers at the University of Utah includes assessment tools and scales for Satisfaction with Caregiving (p 6), Positive Aspects of Caregiving (p 6), and Modified Caregiver Burden Inventory (p 4).
- Screening and Assessment Tools for Child Welfare
- Coping Health Inventory For Parents
- Perceived benefits of caregiving
- Perceived Support Scale
- Picot Caregiver Rewards Scale
- Revised Scale for Caregiving Self-Efficacy
- Assessing Behavior, Observation and Functioning in Care Recipients
- Assessing Health Problems
- Cognitive Problem Assessment Tools
- Quality of Care Measures
- Evaluating Care Recipient Mental Health
- Impact on Family Scale
- The Psychosocial Assessment Tool
- Parenting Stress Index
- Family Burden of Injury Interview
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).
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