The John T. Gorman Foundation strives to be data-driven and results based and seeks to promote information and ideas that advance greater understanding of issues related to our mission and priorities. In our effort to promote these values, we offer these research and best practice resources.
We invite you to check back often, as this list is regularly updated.
Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America’s Public Schools
June 17, 2016 – Older YouthStudent homelessness is on the rise, with more than 1.3 million homeless students identified during the 2013-14 school year. This is a 7 percent increase from the previous year and more than double the number of homeless students in 2006-07. As high as these numbers seem, they are almost certainly undercounts. This study provides an overview of existing research on homeless students, sheds light on the challenges homeless students face and the supports they say they need to succeed, reports on the challenges adults – local liaisons and state coordinators – face in trying to help homeless students, and recommends changes in policy and practice at the school, community, state and national level to help homeless students get on a path to adult success.
NNIP's Guide to Starting a Local Data Intermediary
June 14, 2016 – General
Healthy Aging Begins at Home
May 25, 2016 – SeniorsOver the next 15 years, the explosive growth of the nation’s senior population will present unprecedented challenges. Unfortunately, millions of Americans will find they lack enough savings to fund their retirements. Some will struggle to afford their housing, while others will find their housing is ill-suited for living independently. Many will eventually need help with the “activities of daily living,” like eating, bathing, and dressing, assistance that can be both costly and taxing on other family members. Most older Americans will suffer from at least one chronic condition.
Making Tomorrow Better Together
April 13, 2016 – Families
Shortchanged in Retirement: Continuing Challenges to Women's Financial Future
March 25, 2016 – SeniorsThis report, which is based on the authors' analysis of the 2012 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) data from the United States Census, examines the distinct challenges posed by the current retirement system of Social Security, pensions, and savings for working-age women, retirement-aged women, and retired women.
Performance Measurement to Evaluation
March 25, 2016 – GeneralNonprofits are increasingly expected to use data and evidence to manage and improve their programs and to demonstrate that they are producing positive results for their clients. Two frameworks for using data and evidence are performance measurement and evaluation. This brief gives nonprofits and funders a basic overview of performance measurement and evaluation to help them assess which activities are beneficial for programs at particular stages of development.
What Works for Disconnected Young People
February 19, 2016 – Older Youth
A Portrait of Wellbeing: The Status of Seniors in Maine
January 26, 2016 – SeniorsA report by the Carsey School of Public Policy. commissioned by the John T. Gorman Foundation, on the status of seniors around the state.
“You Only Pray that Somebody Would Step In”: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Elder Abuse in America
January 15, 2016 – SeniorsMoving the problem of elder abuse up the list of public priorities and engendering a productive public conversation around the issue requires a new communications strategy. An effective reframing strategy can foster better understanding of the issue, raise its salience in public thinking, and generate support for needed policies. This report represents the first step in a larger research project to develop such a strategy.