In our agency we measure performance on an individual basis. Individuals with developmental disabilities have barriers that are very unique to their economic, social, and disability. If the FTA could measure the "quality of life" because of the capital or funds being offered to agencies who help seniors and individuals with disabilities would be a better understanding of the individuals we serve. A lot of the agencies ...more »
The transportation side of our services runs at a substantial loss, utilizing alternantive fuel sources in our vehicles could greatly reduce the costs associated with this service. Including these options in the 5310 grant program will be greatly beneficial to our organization and the population we serve.
Agencies that administer Section 5310 programs or organizations/jurisdictions that supply the local match are often asked to provide data and performance reports or explanations of social/financial impacts. Typically these requests come from state legislative assemblies or local and regional councils. As a Section 5310 grantee (state direct recipient) or sub-grantee, what performance measures or success indicators have ...more »
They often need 2 years to fully prove their worth - and one year of results before they can begin the process of soliciting a continuing funding stream.
This should be part of a negotiated Performance Measurement section of an application. Expecting a small non-profit to deal with NTD is grossly unrealistic. The data collection requirements of the old New Freedom program were unrealistic - and precluded many organizations who could have competently provided a needed service from applying.
Lack of transportation can lead to situations of abuse and neglect. Working with Adult Protective Services to find out where transportation gaps are leading to either severe self neglect and/or active neglect by others could open a more effective way to determine where more transportation options are needed.
Although I cannot speak for all agencies, but for my agency some of the data collection would be difficult because we do not have the funding to: - Increase geographic service area without reducing the level of service in the current service area - Increase service hours - Increase accessibility in terms of accessible vehicles. These are things that our agency would like to do, but we are not in the position to do so. ...more »
Through the state's ARMS System where you can track data on type of transportation, the age, gender, and other info.
Performance measures should be tied to the purposes and anticipated short term and long term outcomes of 5310 projects - and thinking about both qualitative and quantiative measures is important! At the program level -- some sort of electronic submission of data by grantees would enhance the quality and efficiency of data collection. The US Department of Education has a robust performance measure system for its TA&D ...more »
The monthly reporting for small orgs receiving one or two vans must skew DRPTs overall results. There needs to be an exemption for small orgs that are limited by who they can transport, rural location. The measurement should be more about community integration and where the people get to go.
Performance measures should include number of clients served and trips provided, number of service hours, increases in capacity and accessibility, and lastly a utilization ratio.
It would be useful to have more specific information about the final recipients of Section 5310 funding available at the national level in an aggregated fashion. This would help to identify trends and gaps in services that can be addressed systemically. Utilizing the National Transit Database would help achieve this.
Are there examples in states of when users have been asked to document the need for services while applying for 5310 funds? This information, if collected nationally, could help connect the dots between need and the use of 5310 funding.
As an Area Agency on Aging in Southern Indiana Funding jurisdiction for our area was realigned with Kentucky, As a result, There have been no 5310 applications permitted for the past two years. Does anyone know of anything that can be to restart the 5310 program in our corner of the world?
Fund programs that increase the use of public transit by "younger older" adults. This would cultivate a comfort level around accessing public transit and rather than going from giving up the car keys to dial-a-ride, public transit could be used in the interim.