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

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

In 2010, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the first round of grants from 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 is to provide education, training, and supportive services to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals to prepare them for occupations in the healthcare field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand.

The ACF Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation is using a multipronged research and evaluation strategy to assess the success of the HPOG Program. HPOG 1.0 is being evaluated using an experimental design in which program applicants were assigned at random to a “treatment” group that could access the program or to a “control” group that could not. The outcomes of these respective groups are being compared in the short term (about 15 to 18 months after randomization), intermediate term (after three years), and long term (after six years).

This report presents the plan for evaluating the six-year impacts of the HPOG 1.0 grants on various outcomes. It describes the operationalization of outcome measures, including their source data.

Litwok, Daniel, Douglas Walton, and Laura R. Peck. (2021). Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Impact Study’s Six-Year Follow-Up Analysis Plan. OPRE Report 2021-26, Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.