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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.


2018 Education Indicators for Maine

November 20, 2018 – Older Youth, Young ChildrenJTGF Funded

Educate Maine has issued the 6th installment of this annual report that provides data snapshots of Maine’s education system from early childhood through postsecondary. The data in the report measures access, participation, and performance across the system. No one indicator tells a complete story. Taken together, they do provide the reader a view of what is working well and where we need  to invest more time and resources. The John T. Gorman Foundation provided funding for this report. *JTGF-funded

Behavioral Intervention Materials Compendium

July 31, 2018 – Young Children, Families

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) releases a report on their Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project, which uses behavioral insights to design interventions for social programs that serve vulnerable families. The report covers the application of these interventions in child care, child support, and work support programs across several states. Some relevant interventions include an assessment metric and individualized assistance for parents selecting a child care provider, reducing the complexity of the process for redetermination in child care funding assistance eligibility, and other processes related to families with children.

From Adolescence to Adulthood: A Blueprint for Helping Maine’s Youth Succeed

July 31, 2018 – Older YouthJTGF Funded

All young people deserve an equal chance to be healthy, happy, safe, and nurtured as they transition from adolescence to adulthood. Unfortunately, not all young people in Maine have the essential support needed to successfully make this transition and reach their full potential. This report highlights the needs of an all too often hidden and underserved group of Maine’s young people. This group faces unique obstacles in the transition to adulthood because they are homeless or involved in the state’s foster care or juvenile justice systems. The report from the John T. Gorman Foundation also shares some promising approaches underway in Maine that can be scaled up to help all young people succeed in school, at work, and in their relationships. Finally, it recommends how state leaders can act now to create better opportunities for young people and improve the odds that they can contribute to Maine’s future economic and civic success. *JTGF-funded
What is the market price of daycare and preschool?

What is the market price of daycare and preschool?

May 22, 2018 – Young Children, Families

How much do parents spend on center-based daycare and preschool for their young children?  In other words, what is the market price of these services?  The answer is important for parents, government, policymakers, and providers.
Retirement, Leisure Activity Engagement, and Cognition Among Older Adults in the United States

Retirement, Leisure Activity Engagement, and Cognition Among Older Adults in the United States

May 22, 2018 – Seniors

Retirement is a salient later-life transition that may influence cognition. Leisure activities can help individuals better adjust to life after significant life transitions. This study examined the role of leisure activity engagement in the relationship between retirement and cognition.

Older People Working Longer, Earning More

May 22, 2018 – Seniors

By 2030, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that one in every five residents will be older than age 65. What do we know about older workers’ labor market participation and earnings today? We know that the number of older workers is on the rise. We also know that these workers are not only making more money on average than ever before but are outpacing the average earnings growth of other age groups.

The tax benefits for education don’t increase education

May 22, 2018 – Older Youth

Tax season ended last week. Taxpayers have filed for over $30 billion in credits and deductions for college expenses they paid in 2017.

Policy Brief: Maine Benefits Cliff

May 3, 2018 – FamiliesJTGF Funded

Funded by the John T. Gorman Foundation, this report maps the benefits cliff in Maine--a period during which rising family income is offset by reductions in eligibility for public assistance. *JTGF-funded

Self-Regulation Snap Shot #2: A Focus on Preschool-Aged Children

May 1, 2018 – Young Children

Adult caregivers such as parents, teachers, coaches, and other mentors play a critical role in shaping and supporting self-regulation development from birth through young adulthood through an interactive process called “co-regulation.”

Head Start in Rural America

May 1, 2018 – Young Children, Families

Nome, Alaska, situated on Alaska’s west coast near the Arctic Circle, boasts postcard-worthy views of the state’s wilderness and is the finish line for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.2 It is also home to nearly 4,000 residents and serves as the hub for nearby Kawerak Head Start, a grantee that operates 11 centers across the Seward Peninsula and Saint Lawrence Island.3 Their Head Start programs are the only early education options in the region, serving about 240 Alaska Native children from remote villages and towns.

Race and Economic Opportunity in the United States: An Intergenerational Perspective

May 1, 2018 – Families

Racial disparities are among the most visible and persistent features of American society. For example, in 2016, the median household income of black Americans was $39,500, compared with $65,000 for non-Hispanic white Americans (U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census 2017). The sources of these disparities have been heavily studied and debated, with proposed explanations ranging from residential segregation (e.g., Wilson 1987; Massey and Denton 1993) and discrimination (e.g., Pager 2003; Eberhardt et al. 2004; Bertrand and Mullainathan 2004) to differences in family structure (e.g., McAdoo 2002; Autor et al. 2016) and even genetics (e.g., Rushton and Jensen 2005)

A Simpler Aid Application for Low-Income College Students A Simpler Aid Application for Low-Income College Students

May 1, 2018 – Older Youth

Policymakers, post-secondary education leaders, and researchers agree: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be a barrier to achieving our nation’s college access goals. The sheer number of complicated and personal questions asked on the form can deter some students from going to college, or from receiving federal aid. Concerns about the FAFSA’s negative impact on enrollment and financial aid have sparked a bipartisan push to simplify and shorten the form by removing ‘unnecessary’ questions.