Sustaining Lifespan Respite and Strengthening Stakeholder Engagement

February 22, 2017

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Sustaining Lifespan Respite and Strengthening Stakeholder Engagement


How can we best sustain respite programs and services over time?  Lifespan Respite Grantees and their partners consistently rank “providing funding sustainability training and assistance” as a top priority. Without exception, ARCH grantees identified “Funding Sustainability” as the area of highest need for training and technical assistance.

In this presentation, findings were shared from a qualitative study on sustainability conducted with grantees from eight exemplar states that participated in a sustainability project supported by ARCH in collaboration with The Finance Project. Through a series of interviews with grantees, we gathered information on how grantees and coalition leaders conceptualized sustainability; what they considered to be markers of successful sustainability; how coalitions planned for sustainability; and what factors contribute to––or compromise––sustainable programs and service systems.

Lessons learned included:

-the important role of stakeholders in sustainability; 
-successful strategies to involve stakeholders that will contribute to sustainability; 
-the difference between management and leadership, and the importance of both to sustainability; and 
-how to plan leadership succession in changing social and political environments.


Casandra Firman, ARCH Senior Staff

Susan Janko Summers, PhD, ARCH Senior Consultant


PPT Slides (Click here).

Sustaining Lifespan Respite Systems: Lessons Learned and Practical Applications with a Checklist for Success
Author: Susan Janko Summers, PhD, ARCH

Fact Sheet: Tools for Collaboration: Building and Sustaining Partnerships for Lifespan Respite Care Programs 

Infographic: What’s the Key Ingredient for a Successful, Sustainable Coalition?
Author: Casandra Firman, ARCH

For additional ARCH Sustainability Tools, Teleconferences and Webinars, click here.
Information from the Exemplar State Sustainability Planning Teams