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This Guidebook for Peer Respite Self-Evaluation: Practical Steps and Tools can be used to document program operations and outcomes and to build evidence for the efficacy of peer respites. It is intended for use by peer respite program staff, managers, and administrators.In a world of limited resources, conducting
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Why Self-Evaluate? Knowledge is power!
Most funders require some kind of data collection and reporting. However, there are many more reasons to collect and report data about peer respites. Evaluations provide information about a program’s impact and potential. Gathering information about program impact can help peer respite leadership demonstrate that their programs are really making a difference in peoples’ lives.
Sharing information with the community can be a powerful way to educate the public about peer respites and encourage community buy-in. This information supports the community to make decisions about the program.
The information you gather in a self-evaluation can also be used for quality improvement purposes: Understanding what works well and what doesn’t is a first step in ensuring the peer respite is reaching its goals and objectives.
Finally, by documenting the impact of your peer respite, you have a chance to contribute to the evidence base – research and results that show peer respites have a positive impact on peoples’ lives and on the communities in which they operate. As peer respites continue to expand throughout the country, there is an increasing need to demonstrate their impact. Information that shows the effectiveness of peer respites can help ensure that programs like this receive ongoing funding. This information also helps to make a case for opening new peer respites.
What’s New in this Version of the Toolkit
In 2014, Live & Learn and Human Services Research Institute, with support from the National Empowerment Center, published the Toolkit for Evaluating Peer Respites. Through our consulting and research since then, we found that programs, governments, and advocates would benefit from a revision to the Toolkit. Specifically, this updated version focuses on concrete, actionable recommendations on “best practices” in self-evaluation (or other low-cost/low-resource approaches).
Whereas the 2014 Toolkit explored a variety of options for formal and informal evaluation of peer respites, this version is focused on establishing a shared framework for self-evaluation that can be used by peer respite staff on an ongoing basis without extensive hands-on involvement of researchers. We advocate for a shared framework because consistency in measurement across peer respites helps build stronger evidence for their real-world effectiveness!
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