Bridging the Gap Between Asset/Capacity Building and Needs Assessment
Concepts and Practical Applications
- James W. Altschuld - The Ohio State University, USA
The open-access Companion Website includes the following:
- Interesting and relevant additional readings provide a jumping-off point for course assignments, papers, research, group work, and class discussion.
- Lively and stimulating ideas for activities to reinforce active learning.
“There is great tension between the two camps – and if this book can bring the two together to a certain extent it will be a valuable tool.”
“Building capacity is an important concept to develop in areas like Emergency/Disaster Planning and Community Relations. In addition to its scholarly value, it could be useful for practitioners too.”
“The material reflects a strengths-based model that is among the best-practices currently available.”
“Combining two approaches that are complementary in many ways…novel idea, have not seen this proposed before.”
“…Highlights the value of both Needs Assessment (NA) and Assets Based Community Development (ABCD), moving beyond “either/or” thinking about the knowledge and skills that are needed to bring about community change.”
“It provides a very good step-by-step approach to identifying community challenges and assets/capacities and how to develop plans to address them. Realistic and practical.”
“The virtue of this text is that it is specific, sequenced, and offers a number of examples useful to students who find the content somewhat novel. For social work, students can bring this kind of text into the practicum environment and employ it as a road map for working with community members in completing projects. So, the text lends itself to project-based, problem-focused, and/or action learning. This is an asset. “
“I have seen nothing as thorough as this work. No one else synthesizes the material the way the author has done. I enjoyed the continuum from cooperation to collaboration and found the needs and assets discussions to be useful.”