Career Pathways Secondary Data Analysis Grants, 2019 - 2021


The purpose of the Career Pathways Secondary Data Analysis Grants is to stimulate and fund secondary analysis of data collected through the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) Project, Health Professions Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Impact Study, and HPOG National Implementation Evaluation (NIE) on questions relevant to career pathways programs’ goals and objectives. More information about these archived data sets is available on OPRE’s Archived Data page.

The Career Pathways Secondary Data Analysis Grants are an integral component of OPRE's multi-pronged Career Pathways Research Portfolio. Career pathways programs provide post-secondary education and training organized as a series of manageable steps leading to successively higher credentials and employment opportunities in growing occupations. Programs also provide financial, academic, and non-academic support to help primarily low-income, non-traditional students enroll and persist in education. These grants support rigorous, policy-relevant secondary analysis of the PACE and HPOG data to add to the body of knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of the implementation and effectiveness of career pathways programs.

The goals of the Career Pathways Secondary Data Analysis Grants are to:

  • examine research questions relevant to career pathways programs’ goals and objectives;
  • augment OPRE's multi-pronged evaluation of career pathways programs by focusing on particular questions relevant to career pathways;
  • support research to inform and improve program design, implementation, and performance; and
  • address issues of current relevance to decision makers at the local, state, and national levels in order to inform policy decisions and solutions, particularly those related to career pathways for TANF recipients and other low-income populations.

Career Pathways Secondary Data Analysis Grants were awarded to:

  • Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP)
    • Study Title: Analysis and Measurement of Career Pathways and Progress through Job Quality and Micro-Advancements
  • Harvard University
    • Study Title: Determinants of an Effective Job Training Program: An Analysis of Year Up
  • MDRC
    • Study Title: Leveraging Data to Understand Career Pathways
  • University of Texas at Austin
    • Study Title: Which Program Characteristics are linked to Certified Nursing Assistant Training Participants Educational Outcomes? Lessons from the HPOG 1.0 Evaluation

Point(s) of contact: Nicole Constance and Elaine Carpenter