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 and inform the work on our priority areas, we offer these research and best practice resources collected from reputable sources across the country. The library also includes briefs and reports the Foundation has commissioned or supported, a listing of which can be found here.
We invite you to check back often, as this list is regularly updated.
The Opportunity Index
October 14, 2015 – GeneralThe Opportunity Index is designed to provide a snapshot of what opportunity looks like at the state and county levels. The Index focuses on the conditions present in different communities and is designed to help local communities connect economic, academic, civic and other factors that support increased opportunity and economic mobility.
Don't Call Them Dropouts: Understanding the Experiences of Young People Who Leave High School Before Graduation
October 2, 2015 – Older YouthThe Center for Promise research team traveled across the country to investigate these initial research questions: What do young people say about why they leave high school before graduating? What circumstances surrounded the decision to leave? What were students' lives like when they left school, and what effects did leaving school have on them and their families? Why do young people say they come back to school? What opportunities do young people have to re-engage after leaving school, and what barriers do they encounter along the way?
Child Poverty and Adult Success
Mapping the Early Attendance Gap
October 2, 2015 – Young ChildrenThis report from Attendance Works and Healthy Schools Campaign shows how disparities in school attendance rates starting as early as preschool and kindergarten are contributing to achievement gaps and high school dropout rates across the country. The report also highlights the connection between health and attendance and the power of states to tackle absenteeism by tapping key champions, leveraging data, and learning from places that have improved attendance despite challenging conditions.
Official Poverty Statistics Mask the Economic Vulnerability of Seniors
September 15, 2015 – SeniorsThis report from the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire compares Maine's seniors with the rest of the nation, exploring the effectiveness of traditional poverty measures.
Maine High School Graduates: Trends in College - Going, Persistence, and Completion
August 13, 2015 – Older Youthpartnership with the Maine Department of Education and the National Student Clearinghouse, the Mitchell Institute distributes detailed reports on recent graduates’ college enrollment trends to all Maine public high schools. We also aggregate these data into state and regional estimates to provide context and inform policymakers and the public about these trends.
KIDS COUNT Data Book
July 22, 2015 – Young ChildrenThe KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the report ranks states on overall child well-being and in economic well-being, education, health and family and community.
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging report: “Making Your Community Livable for All Ages: What’s Working!”
May 7, 2015 – SeniorsA report from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging that identifies key livable community strategies at the local level—facilitating a variety of housing alternatives, expanding transportation options, changing the culture around aging and in many other ways making communities more livable for all residents as they age.
Administration on Aging
April 8, 2015 – SeniorsThe Administration on Aging (AOA) is the principal agency of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA). The OAA promotes the well-being of older individuals by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities. The Act also empowers the federal government to distribute funds to the states for supportive services for individuals over the age of 60.
Evidence Matters: Transforming Knowledge into Housing and Community Development Policy
April 8, 2015 – SeniorsPublication of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development featuring articles that center on aging at home.