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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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…

New York Mini-grant Post Respite Survey

Developed by the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition The NY State Caregiving and Respite Coalition designed this survey for use by community and faith-based programs which had received…

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)…

Health Benefits of Senior Corps

Issue Brief Developed by the Corporation for National and Community Service Senior Companion Caregiver Study The Corporation for National and Community Service conducted the Senior Companion caregiver study to establish…

ARCH Systems Change Outcome #1 Tracking Form

Prepared by ARCH as a sample form for tracking Lifespan Respite grant goal achievements.  This form is used to track and report on Outcome #1: Grantees achieve the goals identified…

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…

Respite Care Information and Referral Service Evaluation Form

Developed by the Delaware Lifespan Respite Care Network  

Caregiver Survey from Tennessee Respite Coalition

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

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…

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).