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

Project Overview

The Career Pathways Intermediate Outcomes Study is rigorously evaluating the intermediate 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) Study. The intermediate impact studies will use administrative data and survey responses to examine intermediate impacts on educational progress, labor market outcomes, and family well-bring approximately three years after enrollment into the study. Long-term 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 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?

The project has released analysis plans for the PACE and HPOG Impact Follow-up studies, which supplement earlier published analysis plans and provide more information about how the intermediate impact analyses will be conducted. Reports for each of the nine PACE programs and the HPOG Impact Study will be released on a rolling basis beginning in 2019. The study will also conduct cost benefit analyses for selected PACE programs.

This work is being conducted by Abt Associates and its partners MEF Associates and The Urban Institute.

The points of contact are Nicole Constance and Amelia Popham.

  • Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG 1.0) Impact Study: Three-Year Impacts Report

    Published: December 9, 2019

    In 2010, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the first round of five-year Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG 1.0) to 32 organizations in 23 states; five were tribal organizations. The purpose of the HPOG Program is to provide education and training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals for occupations in the healthcare field...

  • Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Impact Study’s Three-Year Follow-Up Analysis Plan

    Published: January 22, 2019

    In 2010, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the first round of five-year grants for the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG 1.0) Program to 32 organizations in 23 states, including five tribal organizations. The purpose of the HPOG Program...

  • 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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