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  • Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP): A Research Institute of the Heller School
    s publication Communities Banking View Article November 2011 Compass Financial Stability and Savings Program Pilot Evaluation IASP reports very promising first year results for Compass Working Capital s innovative asset building approach to the federal FSS program Program participation has increased almost 200 with over one third beginning to accrue savings View Report October 2011 Webinar From Bad to Worse Senior Economic Insecurity on the Rise This webinar hosted by the National Council on Aging NCOA explores the findings of IASP s two recent Living Longer on Less briefs Speakers include IASP Research Director Dr Tatjana Meschede lead author as well as Ramsey Alwin Director of NCOA s Economic Security Initiative Listen To Recording View Presentation September 2011 OUP Empowerment Series Homelessness Webcast IASP Research Director Tatjana Meschede was a featured participant in the U S Department of Housing and Urban Development s Office of University Partnerships OUP Empowerment Series The Key to Unlocking Homelessness in America Emerging Trends in HUD Sponsored Research webinar View Presentation Institute on Assets and Social Policy IASP The Institute on Assets and Social Policy is a research institute at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University dedicated to promoting a better understanding of how assets and asset building opportunities improve the well being and financial stability of individuals and families left out of the economic mainstream Featured Projects Senior Economic Insecurity The Institute on Assets and Social Policy IASP examines the long term economic stability and risk of senior citizens The Living Longer on Less series released in collaboration with Demos includes Rising Economic Insecurity among Senior Single Women Nearly half 47 of all senior single women in America do not have adequate retirement resources to meet even their most basic needs for the remainder of their lives and this number is rising This distressing statistic is among the findings from a report released today by IASP and Demos the latest in the Living Longer on Less series Report The Crisis of Economic Insecurity for African American and Latino Seniors September 2011 New research from IASP and Demos reveals crisis levels of economic insecurity among current African American and Latino seniors 52 of African American and 56 of Latino seniors do not have adequate retirement resources to meet their basic needs throughout their expected life spans Driven by extremely low levels of asset wealth and high housing costs most seniors of color are struggling financially during their elder years Report From Bad to Worse Senior Economic Insecurity on the Rise July 2011 The first in a series of four research briefs this report shows a troublesome trend of increased economic insecurity among senior households in just four years 2004 2008 Economic insecurity among seniors increased by one third from 27 to 36 Report Severe Financial Insecurity Among African American and Latino Seniors May 2010 IASP and Demos release research finding that 91 of both African American and Latino seniors face financial vulnerability Report cites lack of assets and housing expenses

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  • Institute on Assets and Social Policy : Mailing List: Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP)
    Education Programs Evaluation and Technical Assistance Select Events Publications and Resources Policy Framework Policies and Programs Tools and Research Indexes Related Sites and Resources Contact Us Join Our Mailing List Contact Information Join Our Mailing List SUBSCRIBE TO OUR MAILING LIST indicates required Email Address First Name Last Name Title Organization I d specifically like to receive information on Foreclosure news and events Senior Economic In Security news and events

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  • About the Institute: Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP)
    ASSETS AND SOCIAL POLICY is a research policy analysis evaluation and technical assistance institute located within The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University The Institute generates and disseminates new data and perspectives to create asset building opportunities and to improve the well being quality of life and stability of those who have been left out of the economic mainstream Our work includes research policy and program evaluation organizational capacity building community engagement and program and leadership development IASP affiliated with the Heller graduate doctoral concentration in Assets and Inequalities is comprised of Heller faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines and areas of policy expertise and draws on the wider academic community for collaboration across fields Our Mission The mission of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy is to help individuals families and communities build and secure assets throughout their life course to improve well being and quality of life We strive to create grow and stabilize assets to expand asset opportunities and to protect and secure assets through public and private investments and through policy development We specifically focus on those who have been persistently excluded or marginalized from asset formation as well

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  • The Work of IASP: New Knowledge, Insights: Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP)
    thresholds needed for people to move into and remain securely in the middle class GENERATES ANALYSIS OF ASSET FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES IASP identifies opportunities and barriers created through public policy to generate new policy solutions for asset formation The reach of social investment actions by both intent and omission has not sufficiently extended to low and moderate income families and only barely to minority populations The analysis about access to opportunity and policy implications is central to the research of IASP and its Director Tom Shapiro in his work on The Hidden Cost of Being African American and his co authored work with Melvin Oliver Black Wealth White Wealth EVALUATES AND IMPROVES THE SCOPE AND DELIVERY OF ASSET BUILDING PROGRAMS AND SERVICES Through evaluation applied research and technical assistance IASP supports the expansion of the institutional capacities resources and leadership of organizations that directly provide asset formation services This work increases community regional and state capacities to integrate asset building into community revitalization efforts Working with the Massachusetts Association for Community Action IASP evaluates new asset formation initiatives and programs such as linking EITC filing with financial literacy education and their implications for broader program development through community based organizations FORMS PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS WITH POLICY MAKERS CONSTITUENCY ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES The Institute works to develop an environment of understanding commitment and support for asset policy change by engaging with not for profit community based organizations policymakers constituency organizations communities and individuals affected by asset poverty Together we work to promote policies develop programs and services conduct research and convene learning forums Working with the War On Poverty Florida and its local boards IASP partnered to develop community asset analyses and recommendations for development of asset gateways engaging city private and not for profit actors to build leadership and collaborative asset

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  • Focus on Asset Building: Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP)
    ownership and the connections people have to each other as pathways or networks to other resources and mutual support Nearly two in five families are asset poor their financial assets cannot bridge essential living expenses for three months during times of economic difficulty without falling into poverty Income when coupled with assets provides a family with stability and the opportunity for economic security and moving ahead Income provides an important basis for building assets needed to save for future needs pursue an education buy a home start a business live securely in retirement and weather economic challenges of unemployment illness or disaster Families use income to meet daily needs while assets provide stability and security and can grow and accumulate over time The opportunity to build a life of security stability and well being is at the heart of the American Dream Opportunities for success rely on individual effort in a context of formal and informal public policies programs and institutions Today there is growing recognition that family assets play a key role in building this ideal life and that family asset development and protection should be a critical focus of policies designed to alleviate poverty and to increase opportunities for social and economic mobility and security Research demonstrates that while all families need opportunities for asset building and social mobility sufficient and appropriate opportunities are not universally available America needs a broader set of asset building policies to reach outwards and downwards to those who have not yet been included Families need opportunities to build an asset base through adequate wages and benefits to ensure stability and well being expand their knowledge and capacities through new and continuing education and training in content areas and around issues of financial literacy grow and protect financial assets such as savings accounts

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  • Heller PhD Concentration in Assets & Inequalities: Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP)
    The Institute on Assets and Social Policy s educational programs are designed to share cutting edge theory research and models as well as to build leadership for asset policy development and implementation At the Heller School for Social Policy and Management PhD candidates in the Assets and Inequalities policy concentration develop a theoretical and empirical understanding of the causes manifestations and consequences of social and economic inequalities Students in the Assets and Inequalities concentration grapple with questions like What are the causes and consequences of social and economic inequalities associated with race ethnicity gender sexual orientation immigration status social class and age How are aging and disability health mental health and substance abuse and children youth and family policies and programs shaped by current social and economic inequalities and how may these programs and policies best contribute to reducing and eliminating such inequalities PhD candidates in this concentration learn through participation in research that applies current theory methods and findings from multiple social science disciplines in multiple contexts to understanding and addressing the causes and consequences of inequalities in health and human services They explore in depth the organization of work as an outcome of social structural inequalities linked to the root causes of oppression as well as initiatives to develop humane and inclusive institutions Finally candidates in Assets and Inequalities thoroughly explore an Asset Framework for its promise and potential in understanding inequalities and providing new policy directions An Asset Framework provides powerful tools to understand causes and consequences of inequalities associated with race ethnicity gender sexual orientation immigration status social class and age An Asset Framework explores policies of financial assets and human social and cultural capital to best reduce and eliminate inequalities build capacities for communities families and individuals and promote human development The concentration emphasizes four

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  • Heller MPP Concentration: Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP)
    Masters in Public Policy MPP Concentration MOVING KNOWLEDGE INTO ACTION requires informed leaders The Institute on Assets and Social Policy educates and trains future leaders to understand and create new data and models to address issues of poverty inequality and economic security and well being At the Heller School for Social Policy and Management students in the MPP Poverty Alleviation concentration are engaged in critical thinking to explore root causes of poverty and inequality as well as initiatives to develop humane and inclusive policies and institutions The Heller MPP is an innovative and interdisciplinary two year graduate program that equips future leaders to succeed in careers within government advocacy policy research and analysis policy implementation community work and the private sector The program draws accomplished students who are committed to social change helping to prepare them with the intellectual and professional tools to become the next generation of leading researchers and policymakers The Poverty Alleviation concentration enables MPP students to develop a theoretical and empirical understanding of the causes manifestations and consequences of social and economic inequalities Students have the opportunity to explore these issues through the study of asset building examining this new framework for its promise and potential

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  • IASP Staff and Affiliates: Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP)
    Management at Brandeis University Through direct practice evaluation and research her work focuses on creating multi sector innovations and partnerships to advance economic opportunity and stability through both voluntary and policy driven initiatives Dr Boguslaw has worked with corporate managers to research direct and advance their community development initiatives with state agencies in the areas of workforce training and employment stabilization and on funded research exploring policy strategies for regional development and stabilization She teaches the graduate seminar in Assets and Social Policy co leads the dissertation seminar for the Concentration in Assets and Inequality and directs the MPP Poverty Alleviation Concentration She is the author of Social Partnerships and Social Relations New Strategies in Workforce and Economic Development and has co authored numerous articles and book chapters She received her M Ed from Washington University in St Louis and her Ph D from Boston College TATJANA MESCHEDE Research Director email Dr Tatjana Meschede Research Director and Lecturer manages the IASP project on indicators of financial well being and risk including creating data tools documenting economic security and risk for the US middle class and seniors and racial wealth gap analyses She is the lead author on many IASP publications such as reports in the Living Longer on Less and By a Thread series published in collaboration with Demos and has presented on senior economic well being with a specific focus on racial ethnic disparities at many conferences and events In addition Dr Meschede leads research and evaluation projects on homelessness most recently an evaluation of the Housing First for Homeless Families Program in Massachusetts South Shore region She has extensive experience in research on homelessness collaborating with Massachusetts state departments DTA DPH DHCD and local communities and is the author of numerous reports and publications such as Bridges and Barriers to Housing for Chronically Homeless Street Dwellers Accessing Housing Exploring the Impact of Medical and Substance Abuse Services The First Two Years of Housing First in Quincy Massachusetts and From Street Life to Housing Consumer and Provider Perspectives on Service Delivery and Access to Housing Dr Meschede worked in Israel and Europe and is on the faculty at the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department at Tufts University where she teaches introductory statistics She received her Ph D in Public Policy from the McCormack Graduate School in Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston MARTHA CRONIN Research Associate email Martha Cronin works primarily on issues impacting the economic security of seniors Prior to joining IASP she served as assistant director of Tempe Community Council a nonprofit human services planning agency in Tempe Arizona In this capacity she provided administrative oversight for Shared Living Village a congregate housing program for low income seniors and advocated for quality of life and access enhancements for people with disabilities She also worked for many years as a research analyst for the Arizona Legislative Council the research and bill drafting agency of the State Legislature Ms Cronin holds an MPP degree from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management Brandeis University and a BA in English from Oberlin College Charity Adams Department Coordinator email Charity Adams provides office administrative communications and project support for the Institute A graduate of Goshen College Charity received a BA in Organizational Management Prior to coming to Brandeis University Charity worked with companies developing and implementing social media and corporate marketing strategies managed the day to day operations of a nonprofit health plan and created a statewide outreach services guide to assist impoverished Massachusetts commercial fishermen and their families Previous to that Charity directed a nonprofit food bank and served on the South Florida Hunger Coalition s Million Meals Committee LAURIE NSIAH JEFFERSON Senior Scientist email Laurie Nsiah Jefferson PhD M P H M A is a Senior Scientist and Senior Lecturer at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and a Visiting Scholar at the Women s Studies Research Center Brandeis University She is also a Lecturer in Women and Gender Studies at Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences She teaches courses on the intersection of race gender and other identities and its impact on public and institutional policy She currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Health Behavioral Change Urban Medical Institute Morgan State University collaborating to develop evaluate and study innovative interventions and policy initiatives to support community and evidenced based methods to improve the health status of minorities in disenfranchised communities Dr Nsiah Jefferson s research interests include racial ethnic and gender inequities intersectionality theory and research methods and the impacts of stress and racism on health and social outcomes for women mothers and children SAMSON OSORO Research Associate email Sam Osoro joined IASP to research racial wealth disparity especially as it pertains to long term economic security Before coming to Heller he worked for the Center for Governmental Research Rochester NY where he conducted research for governments businesses and nonprofit organizations who drive public policy action and organizational change He has also engaged in research to increase awareness of the imbalances of wealth and power in the nation including his work at United for a Fair Economy Boston MA assisting the development of their annual report State of the Dream Mr Osoro holds a BA in Economics and Finance from the State University of New York SUNY at Buffalo and a MA in Business Economics from University of Texas at Arlington where he published a journal article on Political Corruption A Comparative Analysis of Haiti Bolivia Italy and Nigeria LAURA SULLIVAN Research Associate email Laura Sullivan Research Associate works on a number of projects at the Institute investigating financial security among the middle class seniors and households of color As a data analyst Ms Sullivan utilizes national survey data to explore factors influencing the economic security and vulnerability of families Before coming to Heller she worked in policy advocacy for low income communities interned in the Texas State Senate and worked on a cost benefit

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