Resource Library

COVID-19 Update: The John T. Gorman Foundation is curating a list of resources, emerging best practices, and innovative ideas from across the country to help local organizations serve vulnerable Mainers during the coronavirus outbreak. To access those resources, visit or enter Covid-19 in the keyword search. Those results can be further focused by using the “Filter by” menu above to filter by population type (Young Children, Older Youth, Families, and Seniors) or by clicking the following links: childcare, education, food security, housing, rural areas, and workforce.

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 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.


Young Adults in the Parental Home, 2007-2018

May 16, 2019 – Older Youth

New 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.

State of Babies Yearbook 2019

May 16, 2019 – Young Children

The State of Babies Yearbook released by the Zero to Three initiative and Child Trends explores how very young children are faring state-by-state on indicators related to health, strong families, and early learning. Ranking the states into quartiles in a four category classification system, the report classified Maine in its highest category of overall wellbeing for babies (along with all the other states of New England)

Innovative Approaches to Providing Rental Assistance: States and Localities Seek To Support Health and Human Services Goals

May 16, 2019 – Families

A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that as existing federal rental assistance only reaches one-in-four eligible households, states and cities have strengthened efforts around their own rental assistance. Through qualitative research, CBPP documents that state and local rental assistance efforts are generally targeted at populations served by existing health and human services programs, with most funds coming from general revenue sources (rather than specific dedicated funds, like a fee or tax). The authors conclude that this kind of assistance isn't necessarily adequate for meeting the need for affordable housing but helps fill the gap (particularly for special populations in need).

Research-Based Instruments for Measuring Students' Soft Skills

May 16, 2019 – Older Youth

The 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 Youth

This 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 Youth

For 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.

The Poverty-Reducing Effect of Five Key Government Programs in Rural and Urban America

May 2, 2019 – General –

Federal programs are critical for helping those with low incomes make ends meet. But not all such programs are equally effective at reducing poverty, nor do they benefit all of those in poverty uniformly. In this brief, we explore the extent to which rural and urban residents access five social programs--Social Security, disability benefits, federal and state cash assistance, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)--and the effect of these programs individually and collectively in bringing family incomes closer to the poverty threshold.

2019 Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book

March 28, 2019 – Young Children, Older Youth

The 2019 Maine Kids Count Data Book is Maine's only comprehensive report of the physical, social, economic and educational well-being of Maine children.

Place Matters: Aligning Investments in a Community-Based Continuum of Care for Maine Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

March 7, 2019 – Older Youth

Maine should invest in a continuum of community-based alternatives for youth ages 14 to 25 instead of facilities like Long Creek Youth Development Center, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine School of Law. The report, "Place Matters: Aligning Investments in a Community-Based Continuum of Care for Maine Youth Transitioning to Adulthood," provides a continuum care model for Maine as well as several recommendations for policymakers. The John T. Gorman Foundation provided funding for this report. *JTGF-funded

Maine Data Glimpse: Share of Householders Age 60+ Living Alone

February 26, 2019 – Seniors

This graphic shows the share of Maine residents age 60 and older who live alone.
  • More than two of every five Maine seniors lives alone (41.3 percent).
  • Rates in Waldo County are lower than the statewide share, at 35.9 percent.
  • The share of seniors living alone is higher than the statewide estimate in Androscoggin and Knox Counties (44.9 percent and 45.7 percent, respectively).

Developing a State Learning Agenda: The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

February 26, 2019 – Young Children

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program supports voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services for at-risk pregnant women and parents with young children up to kindergarten entry. At the federal level, MIECHV has engaged in a strategic approach, the MIECHV Learning Agenda, to develop a portfolio of evidence about the implementation and impacts of MIECHV in multiple settings and contexts. The agenda includes a variety of activities, including performance measurement, continuous quality improvement (CQI), systematic reviews, descriptive research, and implementation and impact evaluation. States and territories receiving funding from MIECHV are encouraged to conduct rigorous state-led evaluations. State-led evaluations address questions of interest to the state and provide new insights on the scale-up and implementation of home visiting programs. MIECHV encourages state awardees to develop their own learning agendas to ensure that they use the best available evidence to improve performance.

Redesigning the Financial Roadmap for the LMI 50+ Segment

February 26, 2019 – Seniors

For decades, the financial lives of Americans over the age of 50 were understood to follow a predictable lifecycle pattern. After working full-time into their early 60s, these individuals stopped working completely and began depending financially on a defined benefit pension plan. With a paid-off mortgage, comprehensive healthcare coverage, and reduced living expenses, they were free to live frugally, but securely, in their retirement.