Career Pathways Intermediate Outcomes (CPIO) Study, 2014-2019

Project Overview

The goal of the Career Pathways Intermediate Outcomes Study is to rigorously evaluate the intermediate impact of career pathways program models on the educational progress and self-sufficiency of individuals who participate in the programs. This project will use administrative data and survey responses to examine intermediate impacts (approximately three years after random assignment) for participants in the federally-sponsored Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Impact Study and the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) project. Earlier program impacts are being assessed at 15-18 months after study enrollment through the HPOG Impact Study and PACE, and later program impacts will be assessed at approximately six years after enrollment into the study through the Career Pathways Long-term Outcomes (CPLO) Study. Key evaluation questions that will be addressed in these studies include:

  • What are the intermediate effects of the HPOG and Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) 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?
  • Do different models, strategies or components, (e.g., a particular curricular model, such as I-BEST, particular recruitment strategies or support services, etc.) lead to different impacts for participants?
  • How can career pathways models be adjusted to promote longer-term outcomes for participants?

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

Intermediate impact reports for each of the nine PACE programs and the HPOG Impact Study will be released on a rolling basis beginning in late 2018. The study will also conduct cost benefit analyses for up to six PACE programs; reports for the cost benefit studies will be released on a rolling basis in 2019.

The points of contact are Nicole Constance and Amelia Popham.

  • Analysis Plan for the PACE Intermediate (Three-Year) Follow-up Study

    Published: November 2, 2018

    The Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) evaluation is a study of nine promising programs that use a “career pathways” framework for increasing education, employment, and self-sufficiency among low-income individuals and families. Funded by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF)...

  • Career Pathways Intermediate Outcomes Study: Plan for Cost-Benefit Analyses

    Published: October 11, 2017

    This document lays out a plan for the cost-benefit analyses (CBAs) that will be conducted for up to six of the nine Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) programs. The Career Pathways Intermediate Outcomes (CPIO) study is evaluating the intermediate impacts and outcomes of the PACE programs. The CBAs cover the three-year period after study enrollment...

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