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.
Stanford University Poverty and Inequality Report
June 28, 2019 – Older YouthThe annual Poverty and Inequality Report from Stanford University’s Center on Poverty and Inequality was published, focusing this year on millennials. The report explores, among other things, economic factors, race and gender identities, health, and social life. Findings include that “millennials aren’t transitioning into the labor force as successfully as prior generations have” (4), due to both broad economic trends and specific labor market forces (e.g., the rise of the gig economy) that are coalescing to disproportionately affect millennials. The report concludes with a review of policies that are especially important to millennials, including preserving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and expanding refundable tax credits.
Future Savings The Economic Potential of Successful Transitions From Foster Care to Adulthood
June 10, 2019 – Older YouthThis report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation turns the lens on young people who age out of foster care and explores four areas — education, early parenthood, homelessness and incarceration — where they fare worse than their general population peers. Readers will learn the economic cost of this shortfall and see how targeted interventions can help these youth while also erasing billions of dollars in unnecessary costs.
Report: Does Supportive Housing Keep Families Together?
Family Resilience And Connection Promote Flourishing Among US Children, Even Amid Adversity
Losing Our Minds: Brain Drain across the United States
May 24, 2019 – Older YouthThe Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress has published a report on "brain drain" across the nation. For Maine specifically, the report finds that more highly-educated Mainers leave the state than stay behind, meaning that the state is experiencing gross brain drain, but at a lower rate than the rest of Northern New England. Maine fares better than New Hampshire and Vermont on net brain drain too: more highly educated adults are entering the state than are leaving it. Taken together, this means Maine is disproportionately losing the best-educated adults born in-state [but managing] to replace those leavers with better-educated entrants.
Is Maternal Income in Childhood Associated With Adolescent Health and Behavioral Outcomes?
Young Adults in the Parental Home, 2007-2018
May 16, 2019 – Older YouthNew research from the National Center for Family & Marriage Research shows the share of young adults (18-34) living in a parent's home has increased by more than one quarter since 2007. While the share of 18- to 24-year-olds living with a parent peaked in 2012, the share among older young adults (25-29 and 30-34) has continued to rise.
Research-Based Instruments for Measuring Students' Soft Skills
May 16, 2019 – Older YouthThe Research Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic at Mathematica Policy Research has published a new factsheet detailing evidence-based instruments that can be used to measure students' soft skills. These skills (e.g., self-management, relationship skills) have been identified by educators and business leaders as key for students' success in college or in the workforce. This toolkit of measures can be used by educators or others to identify youth strengths and weaknesses with the goal of improving long term outcomes.
Positive Outcomes in Maine's Juvenile Justice System
May 7, 2019 – Older YouthThis report details the findings of positive youth outcomes as reported the exit reviews for the 174 youth leaving supervision of the Maine juvenile justice system between July 2017 and June 2018. Tracking positive youth outcomes for youth who pass through Maine's justice system creates a more complete profile, beyond recidivism measures, of the resiliency and potential of this population. It also serves to highlight areas of strength where the system intervention is helping youth succeed, and point to areas where the system could offer youth more or different supports to facilitate their development in positive tracks.
Youth Recidivism Diversion to Discharge in Maine's Juvenile Justice System
May 7, 2019 – Older YouthFor nearly two decades, Maine has used data to track, analyze, and report on youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The goal of this research is to help assess the success of responses to system-involved youth by identifying which youth return to the justice system; to inform risk reduction efforts to benefit public safety; and to ensure that all Maine youth experience a fair, equitable, and responsive juvenile justice system that contributes to positive youth outcomes.
Employment Experiences Among First Place-Involved Youth
April 26, 2019 – Older YouthFunded by the John T. Gorman Foundation, the following brief focuses on the employment experiences of youth experiencing homelessness or with prior experiences of homelessness in Portland, ME. It is the second brief that describes the life experiences of youth participating in Preble Street’s First Place program. The first brief examined the housing stability experiences of youth in the program. The brief include four key takeaways: 1) Securing employment rarely leads to immediate self-sufficiency, 2) Of First Place youth with known employment experiences, more than half had some connection to the workforce during the study period, but most often only episodically. 3) Employment is especially difficult to secure and sustain for young people experiencing homelessness. 4) Youth employment and housing stability can be self-reinforcing. *JTGF-funded