Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) is an initiative housed at the University of Pennsylvania and co-directed by professors Dennis Culhane of the School of Social Policy and Practice and John Fantuzzo of the Graduate School of Education. The principal aim of AISP is to promote the development and use of integrated data systems (IDS) for policy analysis and program reform. We do this by focusing on both the technical and relational barriers to data sharing.

AISP grew out of Culhane and Fantuzzo’s shared experience developing and operating an IDS in partnership with the City of Philadelphia. This innovative work led them to inventory and connect with other efforts to build data integration capacity in jurisdictions across the country.

Since 2008, AISP has concentrated on four main objectives: promoting a professional network of IDS sites, providing consultation and training to support the growth of new IDS sites, establishing guidelines for practice, and demonstrating uses of IDS for policy and program reforms. In 2018, we summarized key lessons learned during AISP’s first decade of work in this two-page brief.

Over the years, AISP’s work has been generously supported by federal grants from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), and by private foundations, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.