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

February 21, 2019
Topics:
Self-Sufficiency, Welfare & Employment
Projects:
National Evaluation of the 2nd Generation of Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG 2.0 National Evaluation), 2015-2025 | Learn more about this project
Types:
Reports
Cover Participant Perspectives on HPOG 2.0
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Introduction

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 as part of the second round of HPOG grants (HPOG 2.0) is currently underway. The National Evaluation Descriptive Evaluation will include an interview study of participant experiences in HPOG 2.0.

This report presents a research design plan for the interview study of participant experiences. The goal of these in-depth interviews is to gain insights into the motivations, decision making, expectations, and experiences of HPOG 2.0 program participants. The interview study will draw on interviews with up to 140 HPOG 2.0 program participants selected from across the country.

Research Questions

  1. 1 Why did participants apply for the HPOG 2.0 program?
  2. 2 If they have chosen a particular occupation, why did they choose this occupation for training?
  3. 3 What challenges do participants face in completing the program?

Purpose

This design report presents detailed plans for the participant interview study, a component of the HPOG 2.0 National Evaluation Descriptive Evaluation. Since the participant interview study design is based on a similar interview study conducted previously for the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) Evaluation, the document begins by summarizing the methodological approach and findings of the PACE study. The document then lays out the high-level research questions and methodological approach for the current study. The report also covers the research design, including program and participant selection, and the approach to conducting the interviews. The report closes with a description of the briefs that will be produced to describe the findings and a proposed timeline. Appendices for the report include recruitment materials and interview protocols.

Highlights

This report presents a research design plan for the interview study of participant experiences. The goal of these in-depth interviews is to gain insights into the motivations, decision making, expectations, and experiences of HPOG 2.0 program participants. The interview study will draw on interviews with up to 140 HPOG 2.0 program participants selected from across the country.

Methods

The design report outlines the methodological approach the participant interview study will use. The methodological approach includes conducting approximately 140 semi-structured in-depth interviews with HPOG 2.0 program participants from a sample of 14 HPOG 2.0 programs.

Data will be analyzed using applied thematic analysis to draw lessons about each of the key research questions, as well as looking for emergent themes in the data.

Citation

Thomas, Hannah, Gretchen Locke, Jacob Klerman. (2018). Participant Perspectives on HPOG 2.0: Design Report for In-Depth Interviews with HPOG 2.0 Program Participants - National and Tribal Evaluation of the 2nd Generation of Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG 2.0), OPRE Report # 2018-119. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Glossary

Applied thematic analysis
an approach to conducting analysis of interviews which both answers the research questions and allows for new concepts to be seen in the data.
HPOG, HPOG Program
the national Health Profession Opportunity Grants initiative, including all grantees and programs
HPOG grantee
the entity receiving the HPOG grant and responsible for funding and overseeing one or more local programs
HPOG program
a unique set of services, training courses, and personnel; a single grantee may fund one or more programs
HPOG partners
other organizations directly involved in the operations of an HPOG program
HPOG program participants
enrollees in education and training programs and related services supported by HPOG grants
Last Reviewed: February 21, 2019