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
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
In August 2020, the South Carolina Respite Coalition sent a survey to family caregivers and organizations serving family caregivers to get an idea of who South Carolina caregivers are and…
Presentation of Leanne Winchester, MA Lifespan Respite Coalition
Prepared by ARCH as a sample measurement tool for Lifespan Respite grantees/partners. In the far left hand column, list each agency the Lifespan Respite program collaborates with and has an…
The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center conducted the Crisis Nursery Program evaluation to examine relationships between crisis respite care and (1) incidents of reported child abuse and (2)…
Prepared by ARCH as a sample measurement tool for Lifespan Respite grantees/partners. In an interview or focus group format, ask each key leader or stakeholder, “Have you documented an increase…
Outcome Evaluation of the National Family Caregiver Support Program The Administration for Community Living (ACL) released the Outcome Evaluation of the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) on December 6, 2018. Key…
This DARS Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program packet includes: Voucher Form, Reimbursement Form, Satisfaction Survey, Training Survey, W-9 Form, Valid Proof of Payment. Forms must be completed by the family…
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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