Self Sufficiency Matrix Popular
The self-sufficiency matrix is an assessment and outcome measurement tool based on the federal outcomes standard ROMA (Results Oriented Management and Accountability). This impact measurement tool has 25 individual scales, each measuring observable change in some aspect of self-sufficiency.
The matrix is designed to be flexible: any combination of scales can be used, based on the goals and strategies of individual programs. In addition, each scale was developed independently on a continuum from “in-crisis” to “thriving” and allows for the measurement of client progress or maintenance over time.
The matrix will be very helpful in a variety of settings: as a case management tool to document client progress towards self-sufficiency, as a self-assessment tool for individuals who wish to determine their own strengths and areas for improvement, as a program management tool for agencies to assess the effectiveness of the services being offered and how to direct resources, as a measurement tool for grant makers to clearly articulate their funding priorities, and as a communication tool for demonstrating the success of local programs, as well as sharing information about community conditions with the general public and policymakers.
The matrix should be administered at initial entry and periodically to measure progress (six months, twelve months, final exit, and follow-up.)
Self-Sufficiency Standard for Snohomish County, Washington (2001).