Respite Partnership Collaborative Evaluation

In 2013, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) were selected through a competitive process to conduct an independent evaluation of the Sacramento County Respite Partnership Collaborative (RPC) Innovation Project. The RPC Project was funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Innovation component. Innovation funds are one-time, time-limited projects. The main evaluation objectives were to assess the extent to which the RPC Innovation Project did the following:

AIR used a variety of data collection methods to meet the evaluation objectives. To examine the collaboration between DBHS and the Center, AIR reviewed documents, such as meeting notes and background materials about the Innovation Project planning process (for more information see the Innovation Plan); conducted in-depth interviews with staff in both entities; and asked RPC members about their perceptions of the relationship between the two entities.

The community-driven process was evaluated through member surveys and interviews; review of meeting notes, member application forms and other documents produced by the RPC; and a survey of other stakeholders in Sacramento County’s mental health system. To assess the respite services, AIR carried out interviews with grantee staff and mental health respite clients/consumers and reviewed grantee progress reports to the RPC, including the grantee-reported outcomes.

AIR issued its first report in 2014, its second in 2015 and its final in 2016.


Evaluation Briefs

Recommendations for Using a Community-Driven Process for Grantmaking

This brief presents a summary of results about the community-driven process from the external evaluation of the Sacramento County Respite Partnership Collaborative Innovation Project.

Mental Health Respite Services

This brief draws on the external evaluation and RPC documents to describe the consumers of the Sacramento County Respite Partnership Collaborative Innovation Project respite services, and to outline key components of mental health respite and summarize evidence on respite outcomes.

American Institutes for Research

AIR is a not-for-profit corporation engaged in independent research, development, evaluation and analysis in the behavioral and social sciences. AIR conducts its work with strict independence, objectivity and non-partisanship. AIR’s overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. Learn more on the AIR web site.