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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.
Mapping the Early Attendance Gap
October 2, 2015 – Young ChildrenThis 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 – SeniorsThis 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 Youthpartnership 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 ChildrenThe 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 – SeniorsA 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 – SeniorsThe 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 – SeniorsPublication of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development featuring articles that center on aging at home.
The Alternative Staffing Work Experience: Populations, Barriers and Employment Outcomes
March 15, 2015 – FamiliesThis paper presents results of a three-year study of workers and former workers at four Alternative Staffing Organizations (ASOs). ASOs are fee-for-service job brokering businesses created by community-based organizations and national nonprofits whose objective is to gain access to temporary and “temp to permanent” opportunities for workers facing barriers to employment. This paper demonstrates how the complex relationships between individual worker characteristics and experience with an ASO affect future job prospects.
Maine State Plan on Aging
March 13, 2015 – SeniorsThe federal Older Americans Act of 1965 requires all states to prepare a periodic State Plan on Aging in order to receive federal funds under the Act. The Maine Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) developed this plan for meeting the needs of older adults in Maine in cooperation with Maine‘s Aging Network. The goal is to assist elders and adults with disabilities over age 60, to maintain their independence, and to live successfully in their homes and communities. Maine‘s plan is for a four year period beginning October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2016.
Earned Income Tax Credit Encourages Work And Success In School And Reduces Poverty
March 13, 2015 – FamiliesReport on the benefit of the EITC as a poverty reduction tool by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
White House Paper on Opportunity Youth
March 13, 2015 – Older YouthThe White House Council for Community Solutions conducted extensive research and outreach to learn about community collaboration and pathways to employment for youth. On June 4, 2012 the Council presented its Final Report and Recommendations to the President via the White House Paper on Opportunity Youth.