Performance Improvement 2013-2014. What is the State of the Research on Career Pathways Programs and How Does It Inform an Evaluation Design to Assess Implementation, System Change, and Outcomes of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program?


The Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Implementation, Systems and Outcome Project provided recommendations for the design of an evaluation to assess implementation, system change, and outcomes across the twenty seven HPOG sites focused on Temporary Assistance to Needy Families recipients and other low-income individuals. The project developed a detailed knowledge base, including a review of research studies on career pathways programs, in support of the evaluation design.

The research literature on career pathways programs includes a number of outcome studies, as well as impact studies of similar skills training programs. The outcome studies demonstrate that career pathways programs can be successfully implemented for low-income populations and can produce positive outcomes for meaningful proportions of students. The relevant impact studies demonstrate that similar programs can lead to significant positive impacts on employment and earnings. The career pathways research literature provides guidance to current efforts to evaluate the implementation, systems change and outcomes associated with HPOG programs.

Report Title: Literature Review: Career Pathways Programs
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Hilary Forster, 202-619-1790
Performer: Abt Associates & The Urban Institute
Record ID: 10075 (July 19, 2013)

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