National Evaluation of the 2nd Generation of Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG 2.0 National Evaluation), 2015-2025

Project Overview

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. The 27 non-tribal grantees operate 38 HPOG programs across 17 states.

The HPOG 2.0 National Evaluation includes several key components:

  • The impact study will use random assignment of eligible participants to either a treatment group that will have access HPOG services or a control group that will not have access to HPOG but will be allowed to receive other services available in the community (“business as usual”) to assess the impacts of the HPOG programs.
  • The descriptive study includes implementation, outcomes, and systems change studies and will help interpret findings from the impact study. The descriptive study will also include in-depth qualitative interviews with a small sample of HPOG study participants.
  • The cost benefit study 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, a participant follow-up survey at approximately 15-months after random assignment, and, pending the availability of funding, a participant follow-up survey at approximately 36-months after random assignment.

This work is being conducted through a contract with Abt Associates, in partnership with MEF Policy Associates, the Urban Institute, Insight Policy Research, and NORC at the University of Chicago.

The points of contact are Nicole Constance and Hilary Forster.

  • Participant Perspectives on HPOG 2.0: Design Report for In-Depth Interviews with HPOG 2.0 Program Participants

    Published: February 21, 2019

    The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program awards grants to organizations that provide education and training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals for healthcare occupations that pay well and are in high demand. A National Evaluation of 27 grants awarded in 2015...

  • Descriptive Evaluation Design Report for the National Evaluation

    Published: March 23, 2018

    The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program is designed to deliver high-quality training in the health professions to eligible individuals. A National Evaluation of 27 grants awarded in 2015 as part of the second round of HPOG grants (HPOG 2.0) is currently underway. The National Evaluation will include a Descriptive Evaluation of the implementation, outcomes, and local service delivery systems of the grants as well as an Impact Evaluation of the grants’ impacts...

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