The national Assets & Opportunity Network works to promote the scope and influence of asset-based strategies. Through the dissemination of information, resources, and connections, the Network serves both academics and advocates to advance asset movements and deliver asset services. The Network focuses on local, state, and federal asset-related policy, as well as program implementation.
Founded by Michael Sherraden in 1994, the Center for Social Development is widely credited with developing and popularizing the idea of Individual Development Accounts as a method for promoting greater asset accumulation by low-income individuals. The Center regularly provides a directory of state-level IDA programs and publishes research papers.
Formerly known as the Welfare Information Network, this website has a large selection of research papers written on Individual Development Accounts, as well as a good overview of innovative state and local programs.
The Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis (CHEPA) at USC conducted a three-year study to determine the impact, potential, and pitfalls of Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) in helping low-income students gain access to and find success in higher education. This website is dedicated to their findings and provides various other resources and publications for policy stakeholders. In addition to research, the website offers information on how to start an education IDA and best practices.
The Institute on Assets and Social Policy was established in 1999 to promote and advance individual asset-building policy choices that promise to reduce hunger and poverty in the nation by addressing their root causes. Its mission is to broaden and redefine the asset development concept and familiarize the public, media, and policy leaders with the asset development approach.