Panel Paper: New Findings from the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Impacts Study: Impacts Three Years after Random Assignment

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Plaza Building: Lobby Level, Director's Row H (Sheraton Denver Downtown)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Laura Peck, Abt Associates, Inc.

The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program involves healthcare sector training offered in a career pathways framework. Both the HPOG Program and its evaluation are funded by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The first round of HPOG funding (now termed “HPOG 1.0”) was evaluated using an experimental design, where nearly 14,000 individuals were randomly assigned to gain access to HPOG or to a control group that could not access HPOG but could access other services in the community. The HPOG 1.0 Impact Study examines 42 distinct healthcare sector training programs in 23 of the 32 HPOG grants awarded in 2010. With data from a participant follow-up survey and employment and earnings data from the National Directory of New Hires, this presentation will report three main sets of findings from three years after study enrollment: impacts on educational progress, impacts on labor market outcomes, and impacts on family well-being. In one of the very first public presentations of the three-year impact results, this presentation will highlight overall impacts (that is, the difference in outcomes between the treatment and control groups), selected subgroup impacts, and exploratory/explanatory descriptive analyses. These three-year impact results will be addressed in the context of earlier HPOG impact findings as well as findings from other, similarly designed and targeted evaluations.