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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.


National Association of Area Agencies on Aging report: “Making Your Community Livable for All Ages: What’s Working!”

May 7, 2015 – Seniors

A 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 – Seniors

The 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 – Seniors

Publication of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development featuring articles that center on aging at home.

Legal Services for the Elderly

April 8, 2015 – Seniors

Legal Services for the Elderly provide free, high quality legal services to Maine’s socially and economically needy elderly age 60 and over.

The Alternative Staffing Work Experience: Populations, Barriers and Employment Outcomes

March 15, 2015 – Families

This 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 – Seniors

The 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 – Families

Report 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 Youth

The 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.

Forever in Your Debt: Who Has Student Loan Debt, and Who’s Worried?

March 13, 2015 – Older Youth

The data for this brief comes from the 2012 National Financial Capability State-by-State Survey, sponsored by the FINRA Investor Educational Foundation and developed in consultation with several federal agencies and the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

March 13, 2015 – Older Youth

The mission of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative is to ensure that young people—primarily those between ages 14 and 25—make successful transitions from foster care to adulthood.

Supporting Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care

March 13, 2015 – Older Youth

Issue Brief 3: Employment Programs

Maine Kids Count Data Book

March 13, 2015 – Young Children

Since 1994, the Maine KIDS COUNT project has published the annual Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book using the most recent data available on the well-being of children in the areas of physical and emotional health, social and economic status, and child care and education.