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Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)

Check out the method/tool factsheet within this report

A glass half-full: how an asset approach can improve community health and well-being



4 Essential Elements of ABCD Process

The primary goal of an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) process is to enhance collective citizen visioning and production through a process that combines four essential elements:

1. Resources
2. Methods
3. Functions
4. Evaluation

This paper discusses each of these elements in detail in an effort to answer the following question: “what is distinctive about an Asset-Based Community Development process?”



Are we asking the right questions about asset-based development?

A reflective blog post by Fiona Weir on the Ideas Hub (originally posted in LinkedIn):

“I suggest that asset-based approaches in communities and with individual patients must start with asset-based workforce development; and that sometimes, if asset-based development is not happening as expected, an organisation needs to change its relationships with its workforce too, and consider – Are we asking the right questions about asset-based development?”

Read it in its entirety here:



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