The community capacity building workshop was interesting. A major focus was the Community Capacity Index developed by the Centre for Primary Health Care at the University of Queensland. We used the community portrayed in Lars and the Real Girl to trial the index. It was quite a fun exercise.
I’m not sure there are many circumstances where I would use the index but I can see that it would be useful in some situations. Much would depend how it is used and who is involved in completing it. To me much of the benefit of the index would be the process of completing it and it could be used as a tool to engage community members in thinking about their community. I still prefer an asset-based approach, but the index does provide some useful questions to consider.