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Evaluating Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wanted to use one solution to solve two problems: low wages for adults and a shortage of skilled healthcare workers. The solution: Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) to train low-income adults for in-demand healthcare jobs with the potential for good wages and career advancement. Abt is evaluating two rounds of grants. Under HPOG 1.0, Abt evaluated 23 grantees operating 42 programs. Under HPOG 2.0, Abt is evaluating 27 grantees operating 38 programs.

Abt is exploring whether program participants complete training and secure higher-paying healthcare jobs and barriers to, and factors in, their success. Abt’s evaluation involves:

  • Design and support for grantee case management, performance tracking, and evaluation system
  • Grantee performance monitoring and information tracking systems
  • Evaluation design
  • Descriptive studies to examine program implementation, participant outcomes, and changes to local service delivery systems
  • Impact studies to assess impacts of HPOG on participant outcomes compared with a control group
  • Cost-benefit study to evaluate costs and benefits of a standard HPOG program

Three years after entering the HPOG 1.0 Program, more than 75 percent of the treatment group had completed training, about 13 percentage points higher than the control group. HPOG 1.0 also increased overall employment by one percentage point and employment in healthcare by 12 percentage points, with 56 percent of the treatment group employed in that sector. However, HPOG 1.0 did not raise overall earnings. Future reports will examine HPOG 1.0 impacts at the six-year mark and assess the results of the second round of HPOG grants.

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