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The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Impact Study will answer questions about the program’s overall effectiveness and explore how variations in services affect program impacts. This analysis plan provides detailed information on the study’s impact analyses, including data sources that will be used, how variables and measures will be operationalized, how missing data will be treated, the approach to hypothesis testing, and model specifications for each of the study’s research questions. This document supplements information outlined in the HPOG Impact Study Design Report released in November 2014.

This brief summarizes key findings from the Interim Outcome Study Report: National Implementation Evaluation of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) to Serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals report, released in 2014. Findings come from administrative data collected through the HPOG Performance Reporting System one year after program enrollment. Information provided includes characteristics of the typical HPOG participant, types of training courses enrollees participated in, types of support services participants received, and participants’ outcomes.

The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) were first awarded in 2010 to 32 grantee organizations across 23 states.  The grantees, which include post-secondary education institutions, Workforce Investment Boards, state and local government agencies, community-based organizations, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, will receive funding through September 2015.  In June 2015, HPOG delivered the HPOG Program and Evaluation Portfolio Interim Report to Congress. The report provides a summary of the significant activities, outcomes and accomplishments of the HPOG program during its first three fiscal years, from 2010 to 2013. The information contained in the report was gathered from an analysis of participant performance, an outcome study of a sub-set of participants and an evaluation of the tribal grantees.  The report also outlines key aspects of the HPOG program, such as its career pathways framework, fundamental program components, employment outcomes and ongoing evaluation and research initiatives.

This report reviews the literature on the policy context of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program, and the challenges and opportunities related to developing healthcare occupational training and support programs. It discusses the structure of the healthcare industry and trends in healthcare employment, implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for entry-level employment in healthcare, and resulting challenges and opportunities for training programs. The report was developed as part of the HPOG Implementation, Systems and Outcome Project, which is being led by Abt Associates in partnership with the Urban Institute.

This report describes the research design of the HPOG Impact Study. The study is designed to answer questions about overall HPOG program effectiveness and explore how variations in program services affect program impacts, including identifying which elements of career pathways programs contribute most to advancing the labor market success of participants.

An Introduction to the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) and Evaluation

This Interim Report provides an overview of the tribal HPOG grantees’ progress over the first two years of the program with initial evaluation findings organized around program structure, program processes, and education and employment outcomes.

Career pathways is gaining steady acceptance as an integrative framework for promising approaches to post-secondary education and training for low-income and low-skill adults.

A substantial skills gap exists between the education and training of the labor force and the needs of employers in many high growth industries, including healthcare and manufacturing.

A substantial skills gap exists between the education and training of the labor force and the needs of employers in many high growth industries, including healthcare and manufacturing. This gap results in unemployment while good paying jobs go unfilled. At the same time, many low-skilled adults persist in low wage work with little opportunity for advancement.

Career pathways programs, like the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Bridge to Employment in the Healthcare Industry Program, are an approach to fill a vital need for skilled workers in the economy and offer low-wage workers the opportunity to obtain occupational and other skills and advance into the middle class.

This brief was produced by Abt Associates as part of the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) project, a random assignment evaluation of nine promising career pathways programs that aim to improve employment and self-sufficiency outcomes for low-income, low-skilled individuals.