The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program, administered by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, supports demonstration projects that provide Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals with the opportunity to obtain education and training for occupations in the healthcare field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. In FY 2010, ACF awarded five-year HPOG grants (referred to as HPOG 1.0) to 32 entities located across 23 states, including five tribal organizations.
The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) is utilizing a multi-pronged evaluation strategy to assess the success of the HPOG 1.0 demonstration projects. The research and evaluation activities aim to provide information on program implementation, systems change, outcomes and impact. The various components are being closely coordinated in order to avoid duplicative efforts, maximize the re-use of data and information that is collected, reduce burden on grantees in terms of participating in the federal evaluation activities and meeting performance management requirements, and promote cross-project learning. The components of OPRE’s research and evaluation portfolio for HPOG 1.0 are as follows: