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.) 




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Creator(s) of Tool
Created by the Snohomish County Self-Sufficiency Taskforce in 2004

Self-Sufficiency Standard for Snohomish County, Washington (2001).
Scoring / Benchmarking
Consistent with ROMA, each outcome scale was developed on a continuum from “in-crisis” to “thriving.” Client status is measured on a 5-point scale. This format allows for client progress or maintenance to be measured over time on the selected scales. It is important to recognize that a score of “10” or “Thriving” should not be the goal for every client or every scale. There are three small boxes within each level of each scale. These three boxes represent points in time. At initial intake, the client should be assessed on each scale individually. Once that is complete, place the date in the first of the three boxes for the level that most closely represents a description of the client. The second time a client is assessed; place the date in the middle box for the level that most closely represents a description of the client. Repeat this activity a third time to complete the final box. Monitoring client progress in this way will allow for a visual representation of each client’s success in maintaining or improving in specific areas.
Background / Quality
The matrix tests for good reliability (internal reliability of client dysfunction=.79, independent life skills=.78, and overall self-sufficiency = .81.
Is there a cost associated with this tool?
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