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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ARCH Evaluation form for Crisis Respite

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…

Measuring Systems Change: A Brief Guide

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!

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…

Measuring the Value of Respite

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…

Delaware Lifespan Respite Network Financial Assistance Evaluation Form

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…

Nevada Lifespan Respite Care Program Data on Caregivers 2012

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…

Delaware Lifespan Respite Care Network RespiteOnline Referral Service Evaluation Form

Developed by the Delaware Lifespan Respite Care Network to evaluate satisfaction with the RespiteOnline Service. 

Measuring Systems Change and Consumer Outcomes

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…

Program Evaluation Report – Advancing State Lifespan Respite Systems – New York

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: 

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

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).