The Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) is dedicated to advancing economic opportunity, security and equity for individuals and families, particularly those left out of the economic mainstream. Our work is premised on the understanding that assets provide the tangible resources that help individuals move out of and stay out of poverty, as well as inspiring effective individual, community, state and national actions through the belief that security, stability, and upward mobility are indeed possible. Working in close partnership with constituencies, state and federal policy makers, grassroots advocates, private philanthropies, and the media, IASP bridges the worlds of academic research, organizational practice, and government policy-making. IASP works to strengthen the leadership of lawmakers, practitioners, researchers and others by linking the intellectual and program components of asset-building policies.
We focus on both universal approaches and targeted strategies to more fully engage groups who have been excluded or marginalized from asset formation, and others whose asset security is at risk, including African Americans, Latinos, immigrants, women, older adults, people with disabilities, and vulnerable low- and moderate-income households. Our efforts highlight innovative human capital and wealth-building practices that have implications for personal and household asset building at all institutional and policy levels. Through its work, IASP helps tell the stories behind data trends through the voices of individual people and families, bringing their concerns and their collective interests to state and national conversations and policy agendas.
IASP’s wide-ranging activities include: research and policy analysis; institutional capacity building, including evaluation and technical assistance to partner organizations and strategic planning and development; educating future academic and policy leaders in the assets field; community engagement to expand knowledge, practice and action; and developing new asset measures and indicators related to individual and family financial well-being. The Institute receives direct funding from foundations, government, and nonprofit organizations to advance its work, and benefits from university resources including infrastructure, libraries, and technology.