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.


Every Student, Every Day: A Community Toolkit to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism

October 8, 2016 – Young Children

From the U.S. Department of Education and partners, this Toolkit offers information, suggested action steps, and lists of existing tools and resources—including evidence-based resources—for individuals, leaders, and systems to begin or enhance the work of effective, coordinated community action to address and eliminate chronic absenteeism.

Strategies to Meet the Child Care Needs of Low-Income Parents Seeking Education and Training

September 27, 2016 – Families

Lack of child care can be a major barrier for low-income parents seeking education and training to improve their job prospects.

Preparing for the Road Ahead: Helping Young People Transition from Foster Care to Adulthood

August 23, 2016 – Older Youth

Drawing on 15 years’ worth of Opportunity Passport™ participant survey data, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative reflects on its many successes and underscores its vision to help young people transitioning from foster care thrive in the areas of permanence, education, employment, financial capability, housing, physical and mental health and social capital.

From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts

July 8, 2016 – Young Children

This report synthesizes 15 years of dramatic advances in the science of early childhood and early brain development, analyzes evidence generated by 50 years of program evaluation research, and presents a framework for driving science-based innovation in early childhood policy and practice.

National Results and Equity Collaborative

June 28, 2016 – General

The National Results and Equity Collaborative is a new and game changing approach to accelerating positive and equitable results for children, youth, families and communities throughout the United States. It enables networks of funders, technical assistance providers, intermediary organizations, public and private civic and service organizations, government and others to work together in greater alignment to help more vulnerable young people succeed from birth throughout adulthood.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America’s Public Schools

June 17, 2016 – Older Youth

Student 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

The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), coordinated by the Urban Institute, is a peer learning network of local organizations that share a mission to improve low-income neighborhoods by empowering local stakeholders to use data in planning, policy making, and community building. Based on 20 years of NNIP experience, this guide describes the role of a local data intermediary, the process of identifying a home for the intermediary, and how to think about its initial fundraising and activities. The guide will help stakeholders think about the broader environment of community information and understand various aspects of establishing a local data intermediary.

CA$H Maine

June 8, 2016 – Families

CA$H Maine is a statewide collaboration of ten coalitions, comprised of 50 non- and for-profit partners, working together to help empower Maine individuals and families to achieve long-term financial stability.

Healthy Aging Begins at Home

May 25, 2016 – Seniors

Over 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.

College Affordability for Maine

May 20, 2016 – Older Youth

This policy brief presents six strategies (with 11 actions) for reducing debt and making post-secondary education more affordable in Maine.

Making Tomorrow Better Together

April 13, 2016 – Families

This report from the Two-Generation Outcomes Working Group is designed to set a foundation for how practitioners and policymakers consider the intended outcomes of two-generation programs and the pathways to achieve those outcomes.

Shortchanged in Retirement: Continuing Challenges to Women's Financial Future

March 25, 2016 – Seniors

This 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.