Research and Publications

An Encore of Service: Experienced Americans Helping Children and Youth

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.

Doing Good By Doing Well: Encore Fellows™ Build Nonprofits’ Capacity to Serve Children and Youth

To better understand how Encore Fellows deliver impact in the organizations in which they serve (usually 1000 hours over a one-year period in stipended roles to improve organizational capacity, Jacquelyn James, Co-director of the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, interviewed fellows, executive directors and other key staff at three organizations across the U.S. that worked on issues advancing the needs of children and youth. The study highlights commonalities among these three organizations in how both
fellows and the nonprofit leadership approached the fellowship, with exceptional impact for the organizations and fellows alike.

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.

Meaning, Purpose, Impact Make the Difference in Encore Roles

People considering encore transitions value meaning and purpose in their current work — and in future encore roles, according to 2014 research.

Building Momentum for Encore Careers

Research trendlines since 2008 show broad appeal, rising interest and diminishing worries about the coming decades among people in midlife, according to national research by and Penn Schoen Berland.

Back to School for Encore Talent’s 2014 research shows that college-educated encore-seekers are eager for higher-ed opportunities to support their transition to encore roles.

Pass It On: Encore Talent and Vulnerable Youth

How can the skills and experience of encore talent be mobilized to support vulnerable youth?  The full proceedings  from Stanford’s Pass It On conference offers compelling ideas and concrete strategies for change.

Tips on Starting an Encore Program

Ten tips for launching successful encore efforts from innovators in nonprofits, local and regional collaborations, foundations and higher education.

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.

Second Acts in Prime Time: Helping Employees Transition to Post-retirement Careers

This Executive Action Report from The Conference Board and shares new research on what companies are doing to support retiree transitions to next acts including encore careers. This publication is jointly sponsored by The Conference Board and

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