Resource Library

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.

 

Food Insecurity Among Older Adults

November 24, 2015 – Seniors

Food insecurity among older adults is a critical social issue that requires immediate attention from policy and other decision makers.

The Opportunity Index

October 14, 2015 – General

The 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 Youth

The 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

October 2, 2015 – Young Children, Families

One in every five children currently lives in poverty, but nearly twice as many experience poverty sometime during childhood. Using 40 years of data, this analysis follows children from birth to age 17, then through their 20s, to examine how childhood poverty and family and neighborhood characteristics relate to achievement in young adulthood, such as completing high school by age 20, enrolling in postsecondary education by age 25, completing a four-year college degree by age 25, and being consistently employed from ages 25 to 30. Parents’ education achievement, residential stability, and neighborhood quality all relate to adult success.

Mapping the Early Attendance Gap

October 2, 2015 – Young Children

This 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 – Seniors

This 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 Youth

partnership 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 Children

The 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 – Seniors

A 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 – Seniors

The 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 – Seniors

Publication of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development featuring articles that center on aging at home.

Legal Services for the Elderly

April 8, 2015 – Seniors

Legal Services for the Elderly provide free, high quality legal services to Maine’s socially and economically needy elderly age 60 and over.