Research and Publications

Featured Publications

Making The Case For Intergenerational Childcare: How Adults 50+ Can Support Home-Based And Family Childcare Centers

This paper examines the meaningful roles that adults 50+ can play to help improve the quality of childcare for young children 0-5. It shows that intergenerational approaches to child care have the potential to create brighter futures for currently underserved youth; benefit older adults seeking purpose, income and connection; and unlock doors to economic prosperity for small business owners (mostly low-income women of color) currently running home-based and family childcare centers. (For text-only version, read here.)

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Intergenerational Activism: In a Divided America, A Tonic for All Ages

Aging and racial diversity – the two great demographic dramas at the root of much of today’s political divisiveness – can also become sources of economic vitality and national renewal, according to a new essay by Senior Fellow, author and former Washington Post reporter Paul Taylor. (For text-only version, read here.)

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Two generations – children in need of support and adults who can provide it – fit together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. “Hidden in Plain Sight,” from the Stanford Center on Longevity, presents a compelling argument for collaboration across the generations.

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National service for encore-stage adults is a robust (and replenishing) human resource that can improve lives, communities and society, according to Shirley Sagawa and John Bridgeland, Service Year Alliance President/CEO and Vice-Chairman, respectively.

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The Encore Talent Impact Project: A Study of Encore Talent at Work

In 2015 and six study partners surveyed nonprofit organizations that had used people in encore roles and asked about the kinds of impact they had observed and the personal characteristics of the individuals that might have contributed to that impact. The results – from volunteers to stipended roles, people in encores deliver unexpected types of impact across the board.

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Featured Research

Selected Research from

  • Read findings from the Encore Career Surveys.
  • Browse reports from the Generation to Generation campaign
  • Learn about the demand for and use of encore talent.
  • Discover what we know about entrepreneurship as an encore career.
  • Find out how public policy can accelerate the encore movement.
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Tools for Encore Leaders

Gen2Gen Toolbox

If your organization is interested in tapping a growing source of talent — people 50+ with the skills, experience, and desire to help children and youth thrive — you’ve come to the right place.

These tools and resources will help you move from considering ways older staff and volunteers can help you achieve your mission to recruiting and training them — plus a few things in between.

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Encore Talent Works

The go-to resource for tapping encore-stage adults with the experience and drive to improve their communities, designed to help nonprofits, public agencies and social enterprises to develop successful new paid and unpaid encore roles.

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Innovations in Encore

The essential resource for those interested in harnessing the energy, experience and talent of millions of people in their “encore” stage of life. Read how the encore movement started, and get tips and success stories from encore leaders.

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Building an Encore Community: Lessons Learned from Maricopa County

A case study from Arizona, where the encore idea has taken firm root in the Phoenix metro area, demonstrating the full spectrum of encore programs in action.

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