Bridging the Gap Between Asset/Capacity Building and Needs Assessment

Concepts and Practical Applications

by James W Altschuld

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  • 9781452220192
  • 9781483311135
  • 9781483321745
In the groundbreaking text, Bridging the Gap Between Asset/Capacity Building and Needs Assessment, James W. Altschuld 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.

  • SAGE Publications; January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781483311135
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Bridging the Gap Between Asset/Capacity Building and Needs Assessment
  • Author: James W Altschuld
  • Imprint: SAGE Publications, Inc
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781452220192
  • 9781483311135
  • 9781483321745

In The Press

“…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.”