Career Pathways Long-term Outcomes Study, 2016 - 2021

Project Overview

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 (approximately 72-months 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-months after study enrollment through the HPOG Impact Study and PACE, and at 36-months after enrollment into the study through 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 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 partner MEF Associates..

The points of contact are Nicole Constance and Amelia Popham.