In 2015, OPRE launched a comprehensive evaluation of the second round of grants awarded under the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program. The HPOG 2.0 National Evaluation will rigorously assess the HPOG programs administered by the non-tribal grantees awarded grants in 2015. The 27 non-tribal grantees operate 38 HPOG programs across 17 states.
The HPOG 2.0 National Evaluation includes several key components:
- The impact evaluation is randomly assigning eligible participants to either a treatment group that has access to HPOG services or a control group that does not have access to HPOG but can receive other services available in the community (“business as usual”) to assess the impacts of the HPOG programs.
- The descriptive evaluation includes implementation, outcomes, and systems studies and will help interpret findings from the impact study. The descriptive study also includes in-depth qualitative interviews with a small sample of HPOG study participants and case studies of select HPOG programs that are approaching key topics in innovative or unique ways. The five key topics are employer engagement, basic skills, work readiness, career pathways, and program sustainability.
- The cost benefit analyses will assess the costs and benefits of a standard HPOG program.
Data sources for all three components of the National Evaluation include program data, administrative data from the National Directory of New Hires and National Student Clearinghouse, and participant follow-up surveys at approximately 15 and 36 months after random assignment.
This work is being led by Abt Associates, in partnership with MEF Policy Associates, the Urban Institute, Insight Policy Research, and NORC at the University of Chicago.