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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CENTER FOR EPIDEMIOLOGIC STUDIES DEPRESSION SCALE (CES-D SCALE)

The CES-D is a valuable tool for identifying a group at-risk for depression and for studying the relationship between depressive symptoms and other variables. Previous research supports the use of…

ID Family Caregiver Navitor Caregiver Retrospective Survey

Survey from Idaho Family Caregiver Alliance – Family Caregiver Navigator

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…

Montana Voucher Respite Satisfaction Survey Results

Prepared by the Montana Lifespan Respite Program The report represents results of ongoing data collection in 2019 of users of Montana’s Lifespan Respite Voucher Program to  assess how well the…

Nebraska Lifespan Respite Subsidy 2015 Evaluation Report

Developed by the NE Department of Health & Human Services Part of the overall Nebraska Lifespan Respite Services Program, the Lifespan Respite Subsidy Program provides funding for family caregivers to…

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…

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…

Setting Goals to Maximize Your Respite Time

Developed by the North Carolina Lifespan Respite Project at the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services This tool was developed for use by family caregivers receiving respite from community…

Nebraska Family Caregiver Depression Screening

Developed by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the Lifespan Respite Subsidy Program Responses to these questions were collected by the State Lifespan Respite program as part…

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).