Career Pathways Long-term Outcomes Study

2016 - 2021

The Career Pathways Long-term Outcomes (CPLO) Study is rigorously evaluating the long-term impact of career pathways programs first studied in the federally-sponsored Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Impact Study and Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) Project. CPLO will use administrative data and survey responses to examine long-term impacts on educational progress, labor market outcomes, and family well-being approximately six years after participants were randomly assigned into either a treatment group that could access the career pathways program or to a control group that could not. Intermediate program impacts are being assessed at approximately three years after enrollment into the study as part of the Career Pathways Intermediate Outcomes (CPIO) Study.

Key evaluation questions that will be addressed in these studies include:

  • What are the longer-term effects of the PACE and HPOG programs on their populations of interest?
  • How do effects of career pathways programs vary over time, across outcomes or domains, by occupational sector, by program model and by participant characteristics?
  • How can career pathways models be adjusted to promote longer-term outcomes for participants?

This work is being conducted by Abt Associates and its partner MEF Associates.

Point(s) of contact: Nicole Constance and Amelia Popham

This study will be registered on the Open Science Framework under the titles Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) Visit disclaimer page and Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Impact Study Visit disclaimer page .

Information collections related to this project were reviewed and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under OMB #0970-0394 (HPOG 1.0) and #0970-0397 (PACE). Related materials are available at the HPOG 1.0 Visit disclaimer page and PACE Visit disclaimer page Information collection pages on

The most currently approved documents are accessible by clicking on the ICR Ref. No. with the most recent conclusion date. To access the information collections (E.g. interviews, surveys, protocols), click on View Information Collection (IC) List. Click on View Supporting Statement and Other Documents to access other supplementary documents.

Data from the earlier follow-up points of the HPOG Impact Study and PACE project are archived through the Child and Family Data Archive under the titles Health Profession Opportunity Grants Evaluation Visit disclaimer page and Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education Evaluation Visit disclaimer page .

Related Resources

Explore the analysis plan for the six-year follow-up study for the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) project.

This report presents the plan for evaluating the six-year impacts of the HPOG 1.0 grants on various outcomes. It describes the operationalization of outcome measures, including their source data.  

The goal of the Career Pathways Long-term Outcomes Study is to rigorously evaluate the longer-term impact of career pathways program models on the educational progress and self-sufficiency of individuals who participate in career pathways programs. This project will use administrative data and survey responses to examine long-term impacts...