The Management Information System (MIS) for Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), known as “MIS IDA”, was developed in 1998 by Washington University’s Center for Social Development in St. Louis, Missouri. Nation-wide growth of IDA-based programs has spawned a need for customized software to monitor program and client information. Since then, MIS IDA has been upgraded to meet the needs of IDA practice as well as to keep current with Microsoft® Access technology. “MIS IDA” is intended to provide a foundation for evaluating and administering an IDA program based on a model of best practice policy guidelines. CSD understands that programs may deviate from or expand the standards outlined in this document and in the operations of the software. IDA programs are encouraged to build companion database applications that not only link to “MIS IDA”, but also provide features unique to the operations of their individual program or group of programs. As a point of reference for understanding the principles upon which “MIS IDA” was based, this section includes the definition and program design guidelines of IDAs as developed in Michael Sherraden’s 1991 book Assets and the Poor.