Lifespan Respite
Technical Assistance Center

Performance Measurement

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 these pages 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.

Measuring Systems Change and Consumer Outcomes: Recommendations for Developing Performance Metrics for Lifespan Respite Programs, click here to download.

Operationalizing Outcomes for your Lifespan Respite Activities, PPT Presentation

Greg Link, Aging Services Program Specialist, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging and Casandra Firman, ARCH Evaluation Specialist

ARCH Outcome-Based Evaluation Guide, click here for more information

Additional Resources

Valerie Cook, Office of Performance and Evaluation, Administration on Aging, US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Washington.

Casandra Firman, ARCH Evaluation Specialist

MaryJo Alimena Caruso, CareBreak and the Pennsylvania Respite Coalition and Jennifer Abernathy, Tennessee Respite Coalitions

Emily Kearns, MA Lifespan Respite Coalition and Joyce Pohlman, TX Department of Aging and Disability Services

State Tools

State Lifespan Respite grantees and state respite coalitions frequently share with ARCH the tools, reports and resources they have developed. You can find state examples of state respite performance measurement and other data collections tools, survey instruments and evaluation reports at this link.

Performance and Evaluation, PPT Slides, Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Meeting, October 27, 2010. Baltimore, MD

Some Thoughts about Data, PPT Slides, Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Meeting, November 4, 2011, Glendale, AZ. Handout.

Using Data to Successfully Drive Your Program: Program Evaluation and Evidence-Informed Respite Programs, PPT Presentation, 2011 National Respite Conference, Glendale, AZ

Successful State Approaches for Measuring Lifespan Respite OutcomesPPT Slides, 2015 Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Learning Symposium, Washington, DC

Lifespan Respite

Technical Assistance Center

ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center

4016 Oxford Street

Annandale, VA 22003

(703) 256-2084

This project is supported, in part by grant number 90LT0002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.


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