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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South Carolina Data Elements for Lifespan Respite Reporting

Developed by the South Carolina Lifespan Respite Project A list of data elements for measuring demographic, process data (unduplicated counts of caregivers and care receivers receiving respite by age, gender…

Some Thoughts About Data

2011 Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Meeting, Glendale, AZ. Presented by Casandra Firman, ARCH Evaluation Specialist.

Using Data to Successfully Drive Your Program: Program Evaluation and Evidence-Informed Respite Programs

From the 2011 National Respite Conference, Glendale, AZ. Presented By: MaryJo Alimena Caruso, CareBreak and the Pennsylvania Respite Coalition and Jennifer Abernathy, Tennessee Respite Coalition

Perceived Stress Scale (PSS)

The 4-item version is appropriate for use in situations requiring a very brief measure of stress perceptions. It was previously employed when collecting perceived stress levels over the phone during…

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…

South Carolina Respite Coalition Caregiver Survey Findings

SOUTH CAROLINA RESPITE COALITION 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…

ARCH Evaluation Form for Planned 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 planned…

A Research Agenda for Respite Care

Deliberations of an Expert Panel of Researchers, Advocates and Funders To understand the existing research base, and to make recommendations for how to structure and organize future research in ways…

Utilizing Collaboration Theory to Evaluate Strategic Alliances

By Rebecca Gajda Abstract: Increasingly, collaboration between business, non-profit, health and educational agencies is being championed as a powerful strategy to achieve a vision otherwise not possible when independent entities…

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).