The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program (2010-2021) provides Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals with education and training for occupations in the healthcare field. Funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), the HPOG University Partnership (HPOG UP) 2.0 grants aimed to augment broader federal evaluation efforts by supporting studies conducted by university researchers partnering with one or more HPOG programs to answer questions about how to improve HPOG services within local contexts. Each HPOG UP 2.0 grantee (Brandeis University, Loyola University of Chicago, and Northwestern University) worked in partnership with a program partner to contribute to the body of knowledge around workforce development and career pathways and inform relevant policy and practice decisions.

This new OPRE report, authored by ICF, shares information about the HPOG UP grantees and their program partnerships, and discusses strategies for translating research and evaluation to practice, preliminary implications of the HPOG UP grantees’ research, and key takeaways and lessons learned for the field.

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