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Bridging the Gap Between Asset/Capacity Building and Needs Assessment
Concepts and Practical Applications



© 2015 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In this groundbreaking text, the author examines the synthesis of two antithetical ideas—needs assessment and asset/capacity building. At the heart of this approach is a focus on assessing the strengths and assets that communities have and demonstrating how to make those assets stronger. The author explains the foundation of needs assessment and asset/capacity building, discusses their similarities and differences, and offers a new hybrid framework that includes eight steps for how they can be done jointly for better results. The author then applies a checklist for judging the quality of this approach to six cases that represent real-world applications of hybrid principles. The last chapter demonstrates how such efforts might be studied in the future, emphasizing ways findings and results from hybrid ventures can be used effectively. A wide range of examples, tables, and figures appear throughout, with insightful discussion questions at the end of each chapter to facilitate meaningful discourse.
 
1. Beginnings
 
2. Synthesis of Needs Assessment and Asset/Capacity Building
 
3. Looking Closely at the First Three Critical Steps of the Framework
 
4. Step 4 in the Hybrid Framework
 
5. Steps 5-8: Completing the Hybrid Process
 
6. A Checklist for the Hybrid Framework
 
7. Cases Exhibiting Hybrid Framework Characteristics: Examples From Public Health
 
8. Cases From Other Fields
 
9. Research and Utilization

“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.”

Paul Komarek
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

“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.”

Kenneth Goldberg
National University

“The material reflects a strengths-based model that is among the best-practices currently available.”

Judith Birgen
Chicago State University

“Combining two approaches that are complementary in many ways…novel idea, have not seen this proposed before.”

Brian P. Leung, PhD
Loyola Marymount University

“…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.”

Barbara Soniat
National Catholic School of Social Service at Catholic University of America
Key features
KEY FEATURES:
  • This is the first book in the field to offer a unique systematic analysis of two somewhat antithetical positions leading to synthesis.
  • The author offers the only synthesized Hybrid Framework available in the literature.
  • The historical case of German Village in Columbus, Ohio provides a concrete example of the importance of thinking of assets and needs simultaneously.
  • A wide range of examples bring the Hybrid Framework to life.
  • Real-world case studies show that the Hybrid Framework is much more than a speculated way of proceeding, but is an empowering approach used today.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2

Chapter 5


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ISBN: 9781452220192