Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Impact Study, 2011-2017

Project Overview

The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Impact Study is using an experimental design to examine the effect of HPOG on participants’ educational and economic outcomes. The literature on promising and innovative career pathways programs, especially in health care, is quite limited. As such, the HPOG Impact Study will fill a void in the sectoral training and career pathways literature about both program effectiveness and which types of programs or program components are most effective.

Key evaluation questions that will be addressed in the study include:

  1. What impacts do HPOG programs have on outcomes of interest?
  2. To what extent to these impacts vary by subgroups of interest?
  3. To what extent does HPOG program participation (in particular components, with particular dosage) have an impact on outcomes of interest?
  4. To what extent do various HPOG program models or components have varying impacts?
  5. To what extent do specific program enhancements—facilitated peer support groups, emergency assistance, and non-cash incentives—have impacts, relative to the “standard” HPOG program?
  6. How does parental participation in various HPOG program models and components affect outcomes for children?

The HPOG Impact Study includes 20 of the non-tribal HPOG grantees awarded in 2010. The study is examining impacts at 15 months after random assignment.

This work is being conducted through a contract to Abt Associates and its subcontractor The Urban Institute.

The points of contact are Hilary Forster and Nicole Constance.

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