Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Evaluation Portfolio

Project Overview

The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG), administered by the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was created to provide education and training to TANF recipients and other low-income individuals for occupations in the healthcare field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand.

The HPOG Program uses the career pathways framework of postsecondary occupational training and education to address the challenge of preparing nontraditional student populations for gainful employment while considering their various assets and challenges related to education and work. HPOG programs are expected to target skills and competencies demanded by the healthcare industry; support clearly defined career pathways; result in an employer- or industry-recognized certificate or degree; combine supportive services with education and training services to help participants overcome barriers to employment; and provide services at times and locations that are easily accessible to targeted populations.

In 2010, the first round of HPOG grant awards was made to 32 organizations located across 23 states to carry out five-year programs in their areas. This first round of grants is referred to as HPOG 1.0. In 2015, a second round of HPOG grant awards was made to 32 organizations located across 21 states for a new five-year period. This second round of grants is referred to as HPOG 2.0.

HPOG was authorized as a demonstration program with a mandated federal evaluation. The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) is utilizing a multi-pronged evaluation strategy to document the operations and assess the success of the HPOG program. The evaluation strategy aims to provide information on program implementation, systems change, outcomes, and impacts. The components of OPRE’s HPOG research and evaluation portfolio are below. The HPOG evaluations are also a key component of OPRE’s broader Career Pathways Research Portfolio.

Evaluations of HPOG 1.0 (Grants Awarded in 2010):

You can learn more about the HPOG 1.0 programs and evaluation activities in the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Interim Report to Congress.

Evaluations of HPOG 2.0 (Grants Awarded in 2015):

The points of contact are Hilary Bruck, Nicole Constance, Amelia Popham, Lauren Deutsch, and Gabrielle Newell.

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