|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 www.jtgfoundation.org/resources/covid-19 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.
Performance Measurement to Evaluation
March 25, 2016 – GeneralNonprofits are increasingly expected to use data and evidence to manage and improve their programs and to demonstrate that they are producing positive results for their clients. Two frameworks for using data and evidence are performance measurement and evaluation. This brief gives nonprofits and funders a basic overview of performance measurement and evaluation to help them assess which activities are beneficial for programs at particular stages of development.
What Works for Disconnected Young People
February 19, 2016 – Older Youth
A Portrait of Wellbeing: The Status of Seniors in Maine
January 26, 2016 – SeniorsCommissioned by the John T. Gorman Foundation, this report by the Carsey School of Public Policy reviews the status of seniors around the state. *JTGF-funded
“You Only Pray that Somebody Would Step In”: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Elder Abuse in America
January 15, 2016 – SeniorsMoving the problem of elder abuse up the list of public priorities and engendering a productive public conversation around the issue requires a new communications strategy. An effective reframing strategy can foster better understanding of the issue, raise its salience in public thinking, and generate support for needed policies. This report represents the first step in a larger research project to develop such a strategy.
2015 White House Conference on Aging Final Report
January 15, 2016 – Seniors
Closing the College Gap: A Roadmap to Postsecondary Readiness and Attainment
December 16, 2015 – Older YouthAs the United States' advantage in educational attainment continues to decline, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University joined together to release Closing the College Gap: A Roadmap to Post-secondary Readiness and Attainment. The report analyzes new longitudinal data to link the progress made in raising high school graduation rates to what is known about college readiness, access and persistence; the best indicators of a students’ post-secondary success; and the necessary and complementary roles that both the K-12 and higher education systems must play to raise educational attainments and close opportunity gaps
The Role of Foundation Grantmakers in Responding to Community Aging
November 30, 2015 – SeniorsAn interview with John T. Gorman Foundation President and CEO Tony Cipollone on the role of grantmakers in responding to community aging.
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?