National Implementation Evaluation of the First Round Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG 1.0) (January 2018)

This is the final report of the National Implementation Evaluation (NIE) of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG). In 2010, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the first round of 5-year HPOG grants (HPOG 1.0) to 32 organizations in 23 states; five were tribal organizations. The purpose of the HPOG Program is to provide education and training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (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. HPOG 1.0 grantees designed and implemented programs to provide eligible participants with education, occupational training, and support and employment services to help them train for and find jobs in a variety of healthcare professions.

The NIE is part of ACF’s Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation’s (OPRE) multipronged research and evaluation strategy to assess the success of the HPOG Program. The NIE included the 27 non-tribal HPOG 1.0 grantees and had three major components: a Descriptive Implementation Study, a Systems Change Analysis, and an Outcome Study. This report summarizes HPOG training and services offered to and received by participants during HPOG 1.0. It also describes the education, employment, and earnings outcomes for samples of participants at varying time periods after enrollment. Additionally, it provides a summary of findings from the NIE Descriptive Implementation and Outcome Studies and Systems Change Analysis, which cover participant experiences, participant outcomes, and grantee program design and implementation over the first 3 to 4 years of HPOG 1.0 operation.

Werner, Alan, Pamela Loprest, Deena Schwartz, Robin Koralek, and Nathan Sick (2018). Final Report: National Implementation Evaluation of the First Round Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG 1.0), OPRE Report # 2018-09. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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