Senior Corps Program Evaluation Resources

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This page provides resources to help Senior Corps projects conduct required surveys to measure outcomes for independent living clients, respite clients, and volunteers serving with the Senior Companion Program and the Foster Grandparent Program. The resources on this page include survey instruments, instruction packets to conduct the surveys, schedules for free online orientation and training (webinars), and frequently asked questions.

Resources for programs

General Information about the Studies

Senior Corps is undertaking a series of studies to measure the impact of Senior Corps programs on beneficiaries of independent living and respite services and the national service participants (volunteers) who provide them. Results will help us continue to tell the impactful story of Senior Corps, especially in regards to Goals 1 and 2 of our strategic plan, and help us understand how our programs are contributing to these goals.

  • Goal 1 is to increase the impact of national service on community needs in communities served by CNCS-supported programs.
  • Goal 2 is to strengthen national service so that participants engaged in CNCS-supported programs consistently find satisfaction, meaning, and opportunity.

The studies are:

FGP and SCP Volunteer Study. This study will begin in FY 2013 and is a census of the 43,000+ Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) and Senior Companion Program (SCP) volunteers and seeks to measure the health benefits that these volunteers experience. Measured benefits include self-efficacy and social ties. Results will be compared to results from the Health and Retirement Study conducted by the University of Michigan.

SCP Independent Living Performance Measurement Study. This study will begin in FY 2013 and evaluates the implementation of the SCP national performance measures. Two surveys measure the benefits that homebound or older adults and individuals with disabilities and caregivers experience as a result of receiving independent living services and respite provided by SCP volunteers.

SCP Independent Living Pilot. This study will begin in FY 2013 and is a pilot study to determine the feasibility of evaluating the impact of SCP independent living services through a comparison of SCP clients with older adults who do not receive SCP independent living services.

RSVP Volunteer Study. This exploratory study will begin in FY 2014 and will be informed by the experience of the FGP and SCP Volunteer Study. A sample of RSVP volunteers serving in different activities will be surveyed to measure the psychosocial health benefits of volunteering. Measured benefits include self-efficacy and social ties.

Resources for Programs

FGP and SCP Volunteer Study resources

Volunteer Survey and support resources

Samples/Forms:

Instrument translations

Volunteer Survey Translations

Arabic (PDF)
Chinese (PDF)
French (PDF)
German (PDF)
Hindi (PDF)
Italian (PDF)
Korean (PDF)
Polish (PDF)
Portuguese (PDF)
Russian (PDF)
Spanish (PDF)
Tagalog (PDF)
Vietnamese (PDF)

Orientation and Training

The Senior Corps Survey Help Desk provides on-going phone and online orientation. They offered training sessions in April, 2013. Click the link below to access a session recording.

In addition, the PowerPoint slides and facilitator notes from this session are available for download.

SCP Independent Living Performance Measurement Study Resources

SCP Surveys and Support Resources

SCP Performance Measure Surveys Information Packet
Click here for the complete packet or download individual sections below.

  1. Introduction (PDF)
  2. Goals of the Study (PDF)
  3. The Senior Companion Program Performance Measure Surveys: FAQ’s for Project Directors (PDF)
  4. Steps from Data Collection to Reporting (PDF)
  5. Preparing Survey Helpers to Collect Data: Introduction to Sample Training Sessions (PDF)
    Sample Training Session 1: Giving the Survey to Clients/Caregivers to do on Their Own Sample Training Session 2: Giving the Survey to Clients/Caregivers in an Interview Format
  6. Appendices
    1. Survey Fact Sheet (PDF)
    2. SCP Independent Living Performance Measure Survey (sample) (PDF)
    3. SCP Independent Living Performance Measure Survey (completed example) (PDF)
    4. SCP Respite Performance Measure Survey (sample) (PDF)
    5. SCP Respite Performance Measure Survey (completed example) (PDF)
    6. Talking with Stakeholders (PDF)
    7. Data Collection Plan & Schedule (DOC)
    8. Survey Helper Packet (PDF)
    9. Mail Survey Instructions and Sample Cover Letter (DOC)
    10. Telephone Survey Instructions (PDF)
    11. Online Survey Instructions (PDF)
    12. Survey Tracking Sheet (DOC)

Instrument Translations: SCP Independent Living Survey

Independent Living Survey translations

Arabic (PDF)
Chinese (PDF)
French (PDF)
German (PDF)
Hindi (PDF)
Italian (PDF)
Korean (PDF)
Polish (PDF)
Portuguese (PDF)
Russian (PDF)
Spanish (PDF)
Tagalog (PDF)
Vietnamese (PDF)

Instrument Translations: SCP Respite Care Survey

Respite Care Survey translations

Arabic (PDF)
Chinese (PDF)
French (PDF)
German (PDF)
Hindi (PDF)
Italian (PDF)
Korean (PDF)
Polish (PDF)
Portuguese (PDF)
Russian (PDF)
Spanish (PDF)
Tagalog (PDF)
Vietnamese (PDF)

Data Summary Resources

Orientation and Training
View a recording of the August 2013 orientation and training session on the Client-Caregiver Surveys Spreadsheet.

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