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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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

South Carolina 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 an idea of who South Carolina caregivers are and…

Performance Measurement Learning Collaborative: Massachusetts Levels of Organizational Integration

Presentation of Leanne Winchester, MA Lifespan Respite Coalition

Oklahoma Logic Model

Collaborators/Partners Fulfillment of Agreement Matrix

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…

Evaluating Outcomes for Children and Families Receiving Crisis Nursery Services

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)…

Increase in Caregiver Access to Respite

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, ‚ÄúHave you documented an increase…

Outcome Evaluation of the National Family Caregiver Support Program

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…

VA Respite Voucher Reimbursement Packet with Surveys

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: 

 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).