About IASP

IASP works to improve our understanding of inequality by examining how assets and asset-building opportunities impact the well-being, financial security, and social and economic mobility of individuals, families and communities, particularly those left out of America’s economic mainstream. In collaboration with our research partners, constituency groups, and practitioner organizations, we use a racial equity lens to explore the role that assets play in inequality and insecurity, and the structural and institutional barriers to asset development.

Advancing a comprehensive policy agenda around assets and inequality requires both trained leaders and public and community engagement at all levels. Through the PhD and Master of Public Policy programs at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, the Institute trains future academic leaders and policy practitioners to understand and discover new sources of data and advance new policy models to address issues of poverty, inequality, and economic security and well-being.