A reading list on ABCD (over 150 resources)

Asset-based community development

[Updated 9 November 2019 to add new resources. Click here for a list of the new ones.]

The following are readings I’ve collected about asset-based community development (ABCD) and other asset-based approaches to working with communities. (If you want you can read my brief introduction to asset-based community-driven development and at the bottom of this post are other posts I’ve written relevant to ABCD.)

While many of them are available online, some of them are chapters from a book or journal articles that are only available online if you (or a library you belong to) has a subscription.

Because it is quite a long list I have grouped them under the following headings:

  1. Some places to start
  2. General ABCD resources freely available on the internet
  3. General ABCD resources not freely available on the internet
  4. Asset-based approaches to health
  5. ABCD and faith based communities
  6. Other strengths-based approaches to working with communities
  7. Posts from this blog about asset-based community-driven development and strengths-based approaches

They are listed alphabetically under each heading (except for the ones in Some places to start)

There are also a range of other great resources at:

  1. The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (Publications; Training videos and podcasts and an ABCD Toolkit)
  2. The Coady International Institute
  3. The Jeder Institute
  4. The Nurturing Development blog
  5. The Bank of IDEAS
  6. Sustaining Community blog (this blog)

Please let me know if any links are broken and feel free to add any other resources you have found useful in the comments.

Some places to start

Kretzmann, J. P., & McKnight, J. L. (1993). Building communities from the inside out: a path toward finding and mobilizing a community’s assets. Evanston, Ill.: Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research, Northwestern University. Introduction available from https://resources.depaul.edu/abcd-institute/publications/Documents/GreenBookIntro%202018.pdf (Last accessed 20 April 2017)

Cunningham, G., & Mathie, A. (2002). Asset-Based Community Development — An Overview. Paper presented at the Asset Based Community Development Workshop, Bangkok. Available from https://www.academia.edu/727922/Asset-based_community_development_An_overview   (You need to log in via Google, Facebook or Academia.  Last accessed 5 September 2019)

McKnight, J. (2013). A Basic Guide to ABCD Community Organizing. Evanston, Il.: Asset Based Community Development Institute. Available from https://resources.depaul.edu/abcd-institute/publications/publications-by-topic/Documents/A%20Basic%20Guide%20to%20ABCD%20Community%20Organizing(3).pdf (Last accessed 20 April 2017)

Asset-based community development at a glance (2019) Ontario: Tamarack Institute. Available from http://www.tamarackcommunity.ca/library/guide-asset-based-community-development-at-a-glance (Updated 9 November 2019)

Mathie, A. (2006). Who is driving development? ABCD and its potential to deliver on social justice. Paper presented at the Does Asset Based Community Development Deliver Social Justice? Seminar, Glasgow.  Available from https://coady.stfx.ca/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/resources/publications/5_Who_is_Driving_Development.pdf (Updated 27 March 2019)

Green, M., Moore, H., & O’Brien, J. (2006). ABCD in Action: When People Care Enough to Act. Toronto: Inclusion Press.

Diers, J. (2004). Neighbor power : building community the Seattle way. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Kretzmann, J. P. (2010). Asset-based strategies for building resilient communities. In J. W. Reich, A. Zautra, & J. S. Hall (Eds.), Handbook of adult resilience. New York: Guilford Press.

General ABCD resources freely available on the internet

Agdal, R., Midtgård, I. H., & Meidell, V. (2019). Can asset-based community development with children and youth enhance the level of participation in health promotion projects? A qualitative meta-synthesis. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(19), 3778. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16193778 Available from https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/19/3778

Bank of I.D.E.A.S. (no date). 10 Key Community Development Beliefs. Available from http://bankofideas.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/10-community-beliefs-BOI.pdf (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Bergdall, T. (2012). Facilitating Asset Based Community Development. In T. Timsina & D. Neupane (Eds.), Changing lives, changing society: ICA’s experience in Nepal and in the World. Kathmandu: The Institute of Cultural Affairs. Available from: https://resources.depaul.edu/abcd-institute/publications/publications-by-topic/Documents/Bergdall%20-%20Reflections%20on%20the%20Catalytic%20Role%20of%20an%20Outsider%20in%20ABCD.pdf  (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Black, A., & Hughes, P. (2001). The identification and analysis of indicators of community strength and outcomes, Occasional Paper No 3. Canberra: Department of Family and Community Services. Available from https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/05_2012/no.3.pdf (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Brooks, D., & Stuart, G. (2011). Building on the strengths of communities. Defence Family Matters, Spring Summer, 12-13. Available from http://www.defence.gov.au/dco/DFM/Archive/2011/DFM_Spr_11.pdf (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Brooks, D., & Geggie, J. (2015). The Emergence of ABCD in Australia and the Asia Pacific. Available from: http://abcdasiapacific.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-emergence-of-abcd-in-australia-and-the-asia-pacific (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Cameron, J. (2000). Asset-based community and economic development: Implications for the social capital debate. Presentation notes for Alison Burton Memorial Lecture.. . Canberra: Royal Australian Planning Institute. Available from http://communityeconomies.org/sites/default/files/paper_attachment/Assets%2520Based%2520Community%2520and%2520Economic%2520Development.pdf (Updated 28 March 2019)

Cameron, J., & Gibson, K. (2001). Shifting focus: Alternative pathways for communities and economies. A resource kit. Melbourne: Latrobe City and Monash University. Available from https://www.communityeconomies.org/sites/default/files/2019-03/Shifting_focus.pdf (Updated 28 March 2019)

Cameron, J., & Gibson, K. (2008). ABCD Meets DEF: Using Asset Based Community Development to Build Economic Diversity. Paper presented at the Asset-Based Community Development Conference, University of Newcastle, Australia.  Available from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/252758111_ABCD_Meets_DEF_Using_Asset_Based_Community_Development_to_Build_Economic_Diversity (Last accessed 3 March 2017)

Center for Development Services. (2005). Asset-based development: Success stories from Egyptian communities. A manual for practitioners. Cairo: Center for Development Services. Available from https://coady.stfx.ca/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/CDS_manual(1).pdf (Updated 27 March 2019)

Coady International Institute. (no date). An asset-based approach to community development practitioner manual. Ahmedabad , India: Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). Available from https://coady.stfx.ca/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/resources/abcd/SEWA%20ABCD%20Manual.pdf (Updated 27 March 2019)

Clawson, B. (2013). Community gardens add asset-based community development. Michigan State University. Available from: https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/community_gardens_add_asset_based_community_development (Updated 9 November 2019) 

Cunningham, G. (2011). Community economic literacy and the “leaky bucket”. Antigonish, Canada: Coady International Institute. Available from https://coady.stfx.ca/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/OP9.pdf (Updated 27 March 2019)

Diacon, D., & Guimaraes, S. (Eds.). (2003). Agents rather than patients: Realising the potential for asset-based community development. Coalville, UK: Building and Social Housing Foundation. Available from https://www.bshf.org/publications/agents-rather-than-patients/ (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Duncan, D. (2015). The Four Components of Effective Collective Impact: Through the Lens of Asset-Based Community Development and Results-Based Accountability. Rockville, MD: Results Leadership Group. Available from https://resources.depaul.edu/abcd-institute/publications/publications-by-topic/Documents/The%20Four%20Components%20of%20Effective%20Collective%20Impact%20ABCD%20RBA(1).pdf (Last accessed 20 April 2017)

Duncan, D. (n.d.). The ABCD model: How to unlock gifts in a community and organization. [PowerPoint] Retrieved from https://coady.stfx.ca/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/ABCD_ConferenceMaterials/Dan%20Duncan%20The%20ABCD%20Model%20How%20to%20Unlock%20Gifts%20in%20a%20Community%20and%20Organization.pdf (Updated 27 March 2019)

Duncan, D. (2019). Collective impact through the lens of ABCD and Rba [webinar]: Tamarack Institute. Available from http://www.tamarackcommunity.ca/library/webinar-collective-impact-through-the-lens-of-abcd-and-rba (Updated 9 November 2019)

Dwyer-Voss, R., & Bishop, I. (2019). Let’s get explicit: Social justice in asset based community development. Shelterforce: The voice of community development. Available from: https://shelterforce.org/2019/04/26/lets-get-explicit-social-justice-in-asset-based-community-development/ (Updated 9 November 2019)

Emery, M., Fey, S., & Flora, C. (2006). Using Community Capitals to Develop Assets for Positive Community Change. CD Practice, (13). Available from: http://srdc.msstate.edu/fop/levelthree/trainarc/socialcapital/communitycapitalstodevelopassets-emeryfeyflora2006.pdf (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Field, R., & Miller, C. (2017). Asset-based commissioning: “Better outcome, better value”. Bournemouth, UK: The National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice, Bournemouth University. Available from https://ncpqsw.com/publications/asset-based-commissioning/ (Last accessed 17 November 2019)

Filapek, J. (2015). Organizing neighbors to be teachers: Learn BIG! Facilitating a neighborhood teaching and learning event with elementary school students. Menasha, WI.: Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin. Available from https://resources.depaul.edu/abcd-institute/publications/publications-by-topic/Documents/OrganizingNeighborstoBeTeachers.pdf (Last accessed 20 April 2017)

Forrester, G., Kurth, J., Vincent, P., & Oliver, M. (2018). Schools as community assets: An exploration of the merits of an asset-based community development (ABCD) approach. Educational Review, 1-16. doi: 10.1080/00131911.2018.1529655 Available from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00131911.2018.1529655 (Updated 9 November 2019)

Hashagen, S. (2006). Simple as ABCD? Constraints and opportunities from a Scottish perspective. Paper presented at the Does Asset Based Community Development Deliver Social Justice? Seminar, Glasgow.  Available from http://www.iacdglobal.org/files/rpt082006DoesABCDdeliverFinalPrint.pdf (No longer available as at 12 May 2018)

Hopes, K., McKnight, J., & Lawrence, H. (2015). Asset Based Neighborhood Organizing: The Method of the Abundant Community Initiative in Edmonton, Canada. Evanston, Il.: Asset Based Community Development Institute. Available from https://resources.depaul.edu/abcd-institute/publications/publications-by-topic/Documents/Edmonton%20write-up%20draft%203%282%29.pdf (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

International Association for Community Development. (2009). What Are Asset-Based Approaches to Community Development? Fife, UK: Carnegie UK Trust. Available from http://csl.ubc.ca/files/2010/04/What-Are-Asset-Based-Approaches-to-Community-Development.pdf (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Jones, J. K. (2014). Current trends in university-community partnerships: The arts as an engine for cooperative development [keynote]. Paper presented at the 1st International Conference of University Community Engagement, Makassar, Indonesia.  Available from https://eprints.usq.edu.au/26892/ (Updated 9 November 2019) 

Kretzmann, J. P., & McKnight, J. L. (2003). Introduction to asset mapping. Available from https://resources.depaul.edu/abcd-institute/resources/Documents/IntroAssetMapping.pdf (Last accessed 20 April 2017)

Kretzmann, J. P., & McKnight, J. L. (2005). Discovering community power: A guide to mobilizing local assets and your organization’s capacity. Evanston, Ill.: Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research, Northwestern University. Available from https://resources.depaul.edu/abcd-institute/publications/publications-by-topic/Documents/kelloggabcd.pdf (Last accessed 20 April 2017)

Kretzmann, J. P., McKnight, J., & Green, M. (1997). A guide to capacity inventories: Mobilizing the community skills of local residents. Chicago, IL: ACTA Publications. Available from https://ccednet-rcdec.ca/sites/ccednet-rcdec.ca/files/capacityinventories1.pdf (Last accessed 27 March 2019)

Kretzmann, J. P., & Rans, S. (2005). The Engaged Library: Chicago Stories of Community Building. Evanston, IL: Urban Libraries Council. Available from https://resources.depaul.edu/abcd-institute/publications/publications-by-topic/Documents/ULCReport.pdf (Last accessed 20 April 2017)

Martin, M., Peters, B., & Corbett, J. (2012). Participatory Asset Mapping in the Lake Victoria Basin of Kenya. Journal of the Urban & Regional Information Systems Association, 24(2), 45-55. Available from http://www.urisa.org/clientuploads/directory/Documents/Journal/Vol%2024%20No%202.pdf (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Marwood, C., & Clare, S. (2008). Bearing fruit: Good practice in asset-based rural community development. London: Development Trusts Association. Available from http://www.communityplanning.net/pub-film/pdf/BearingFruit.pdf (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Mathie, A., & Cunningham, G. (2002). From Clients to Citizens: Asset-Based Community Development as a Strategy For Community-Driven Development. Antigonish, Nova Scotia: Coady International Institute. Available from https://coady.stfx.ca/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/resources/publications/4_From_Clients_to_Citizens.pdf (Last accessed 27 March 2019)

Mathie, A., & Cunningham, G. (2003). Who is driving development? Reflections on the transformative potential of Asset-Based Community Development. Antigonish, Nova Scotia: Coady International Institute. Available from https://coady.stfx.ca/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/resources/publications/5_Who_is_Driving_Development.pdf  (Updated 27 March 2019)

Mathie, A., & Peters, B. (2014). Joint (ad)ventures and (in)credible journeys evaluating innovation: asset-based community development in Ethiopia. Development in Practice, 24(3), 405-419. doi: 10.1080/09614524.2014.899560 Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09614524.2014.899560 (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

McKnight, J. (2003). Regenerating Community: The Recovery of a Space for Citizens. The IPR Distinguished Public Policy Lecture Series. Evanston, Il.: Institute for Policy Research. Available from https://resources.depaul.edu/abcd-institute/publications/publications-by-topic/Documents/regenerating.pdf (Last accessed 20 April 2017)

McKnight, J. (2009). Community capacities and community necessities. Paper presented at the From Clients to Citizens Forum, Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Available from https://resources.depaul.edu/abcd-institute/publications/publications-by-topic/Documents/McKnight%20Speech%207-09.pdf (Last accessed 27 March 2019)

McKnight, J. (2013). The four-legged stool. New York: Kettering Foundation. Available from https://resources.depaul.edu/abcd-institute/publications/publications-by-topic/Documents/The_Four-Legged_Stool.pdf (Last accessed 27 March 2019).

McKnight, J. L., & Russell, C. (2018). The four essential elements of an asset-based community development process. Chicago: Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University. Available from https://www.nurturedevelopment.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/4_Essential_Elements_of_ABCD_Process.pdf (Updated 9 November 2019) 

Maclurcan, D. (2012). Occupy Sydney Free School: Asset Mapping for Community Development. YouTube video. (Last accessed 19 October 2017).

O’Leary, T., Burkett, I., & Braithwaite, K. (2011). Appreciating assets. Dunfermline, Fife: International Association for Community Development Available from http://www.iacdglobal.org/files/Carnegie_UK_Trust_-_Appreciating_Assets_FINAL-1.pdf (No longer available as at 12 May 2018)

O’Leary, T. (2006). Asset based approaches to rural community development: Literature review and resources. Falkland, Scotland: International Association for Community Development. Available from http://www.iacdglobal.org/files/rpt250407AssetBasedApproachesIACD2_0.pdf (No longer available as at 12 May 2018)

Peters, B. (Ed.). (2013). Applying an Asset-Based Community-Driven Development approach in Ethiopia, 2003-2011: Final internal evaluation report. Antigonish, Canada: Coady International Institute. Available from https://coady.stfx.ca/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/ABCDEthiopiaFinalEvaluation.pdf (Updated 27 March 2019)

Peters, B., Gonsamo, M., & Molla, S. (2011). Capturing unpredictable and intangible change: Evaluating an asset-based community development (ABCD) approach in Ethiopia. Antigonish, Canada: Coady International Institute. Available from https://coady.stfx.ca/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/OP10.pdf (Updated 27 March 2019)

Potter, R. (2015). An impact assessment of the Great Yarmouth Family Connectors project. Cambridge: AnalyticsCambridge. Available from http://www.analyticscambridge.co.uk/FamilyConnectors.php (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Rout, P. C., & Gupta, S. K. (2017). Asset based community development in mountain environs: A strategic application for sustainable community based tourism development in the Jaunsar-Bawar region of Uttarakhand, India. African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, 6(3), 1-11. Available from http://www.ajhtl.com/uploads/7/1/6/3/7163688/article_25_vol_6__3__2017.pdf (Last accessed 19 October 2017)

Ruhunda, A. (2006). How does is work in practice? ABCD  field experience from Uganda. Paper presented at the Does Asset Based Community Development Deliver Social Justice? Seminar, Glasgow.  Available from http://www.iacdglobal.org/files/rpt082006DoesABCDdeliverFinalPrint.pdf (No longer available as at 12 May 2018)

Russell, C. (2015). Asset Based Community Development (ABCD): Looking Back to Look Forward: In conversation with John McKnight about the intellectual and practical heritage of ABCD and its place in the world today  Available from http://www.nurturedevelopment.org/looking-back-to-look-forward-the-intellectual-heritage-of-asset-based-community-development-cormac-russell-new-book/ (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Shah, R. W., Troester, J. M., Brooke, R., Gatti, L., Thomas, S., & Masterson, J. E. (2018). Fostering EABCD: Asset-based community development in digital service-learning. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 22(2), 189-221. Available from http://openjournals.libs.uga.edu/index.php/jheoe/article/download/2054/1080 (Updated 9 November 2019) 

Stuart, G., Brooks, D., & Stephens, C. (2009). It’s nearly time to go: Asset Based Community Development with transient caravan park communities. Parity, 22(2), 27-28. Available from https://sustainingcommunity.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/its-nearly-time-to-go/ (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

The Ford Foundation. (2004). Asset building for social change: Pathways to large-scale impact  Available from http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/fordfoundation.pdf (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Wildman, J. M., Valtorta, N., Moffatt, S., & Hanratty, B. (2019). ‘What works here doesn’t work there’: The significance of local context for a sustainable and replicable asset-based community intervention aimed at promoting social interaction in later life. Health & Social Care in the Community, 27(4), 1102-1110. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12735 Available from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/hsc.12735 (Updated 9 November 2019)

Willetts, J., Asker, S., Carrard, N., & Winterford, K. (2014). The practice of a strengths-based approach to community development in Solomon Islands. Development Studies Research, 1(1), 354-367. doi: 10.1080/21665095.2014.983275 Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21665095.2014.983275 (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

General ABCD resources not freely available on the internet

Al Abbasi, S. (2009). Microfinance, institution-building and development: An Egyptian case study. (M.D.E. MR50084), Dalhousie University (Canada), Canada.

Brooks, D. (2009). Easy as ABCD – Making social inclusion happen. Drug Action: NSW COmmunity Drug Strategies Newsletter, Spring, 4.

Brooks, D., & Stuart, G. (2011). AI and Asset-Based Community Development in the Defence Community Organisation. AIPractitioner: International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry, 13(2), 65-69.

Bull, T., Mittelmark, M. B., & Kanyeka, N. E. (2013). Assets for well-being for women living in deep poverty: through a salutogenic looking-glass. Critical Public Health, 23(2), 160-173. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2013.771811

Burkett, I. (2011). Appreciating assets: a new report from the International Association for Community Development (IACD). Community Development Journal, 46(4), 573-578. doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsr054

Butterfield, A., Kebede, W., & Gessesse, A. (2009). Research as a Catalyst for Asset-Based Community Development: Assessing the Skills of Poor Women in Ethiopia. Social Development Issues, 31(2), 1-14.

Cameron, J., & Gibson, K. (2005). Alternative Pathways to Community and Economic Development: The Latrobe Valley Community Partnering Project. Geographical Research, 43(3), 274-285.

Chinyowa, K. C., Sirayi, M., & Mokuku, S. (2017). From needs-based to asset-based community development: The ABCD method as an effective strategy for engaging with grassroots leaders in South Africa. In S. J. Erenrich & J. F. Wergin (Eds.), Grassroots leadership and the arts for social change. Bingly, UK: Emerald Publishing Limited. Available from http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/978-1-78635-687-120171014 (Need subscription to access, last accessed 19 October 2017)

Ennis, G., & West, D. (2010). Exploring the Potential of Social Network Analysis in Asset-based Community Development Practice and Research. Australian Social Work, 63(4), 404 – 417.

Garoutte, L. (2018). The sociological imagination and community-based learning: Using an asset-based approach. Teaching Sociology, 46(2), 148-159. doi: 10.1177.0092055X117750453 Abstract available from https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0092055X17750453

Green, G. P., & Haines, A. (2012). Asset building & community development (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE.

Nel, H. (2017). A comparison between the asset-oriented and needs-based community development approaches in terms of systems changes. Practice, 1-20. doi: 10.1080/09503153.2017.1360474 (Link to abstract only, last accessed 19 October 2017)

Hipwell, W. T. (2009). An asset-based approach to indigenous development in Taiwan. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 50(3), 289-306. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8373.2009.01402.x

Hudson, B. (2010, 2010 Jun 17). Community assets and the Big Society. Community Care, 28-29.

Kunnen, N., MacCallum, D., & Young, S. (2013). Research strategies for assets and strengths based community development. In F. Moulaert, D. MacCallum, D. Mehmood, & A. Hamdouch (Eds.), The international handbook on social innovation: Collective action, social learning and transdisciplinary research. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

MacLeod, M. A., & Emejulu, A. (2014). Neoliberalism With a Community Face? A Critical Analysis of Asset-Based Community Development in Scotland. Journal of Community Practice, 22(4), 430-450. doi: 10.1080/10705422.2014.959147

Mathie, A., Cameron, J., & Gibson, K. (2017). Asset-based and citizen-led development: Using a diffracted power lens to analyze the possibilities and challenges. Progress in Development Studies, 17(1), 54-66. doi: doi:10.1177/1464993416674302

Mathie, A., & Cunningham, G. (2003). From Clients to Citizens: Asset-Based Community Development as a Strategy For Community-Driven Development. Development in Practice, 13(5), 474-486.

Mathie, A., & Cunningham, G. (2008). From clients to citizens: Communities changing the course of their own development. Warwickshire, UK: Practical Action Pub.

McKnight, J. (1995). The careless society : community and its counterfeits. New York: BasicBooks.

McKnight, J., & Block, P. (2010). The abundant community : awakening the power of families and neighborhoods. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Missingham, B. D. (2017). Asset-based learning and the pedagogy of community development. Community Development, 48(3), 339-350. doi: 10.1080/15575330.2017.1291528 Abstract available from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15575330.2017.1291528 (Updated 9 November 2019) 

Mosavel, M., Gough, M. Z., & Ferrell, D. (2018). Using asset mapping to engage youth in community-based participatory research: The we project. Progress In Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, And Action, 12(2), 223-236. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2018.0042 Abstract available from https://muse.jhu.edu/article/704599/summary (Updated 9 November 2019)

Murphy, L., Kordyl, P., & Thorne, M. (2004). Appreciative inquiry: a method for measuring the impact of a project on the wellbeing of an Indigenous community. Health Promotion Journal of Australia: Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, 15(3), 211-214.

Myende, P.E. & Hlalele, D. (2018). Framing sustainable rural learning ecologies: A case for strength-based approaches. Africa Education Review, 15(3), 21-37. Doi: 10.1080/18146627.2016.1224598 Abstract available from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18146627.2016.1224598 (Updated 9 November 2019) 

Preece, J. (2017). University community engagement and lifelong learning. Cham: Springer International Publishing. Chapter 2 “A capabilities and asset-based development approach to community engagement.” Abstract available from https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56163-9_2 (Updated 19 October 2017)

Raniga, T. (2013). Mobilizing community strengths and assets: participatory experiences of community members in a garden project. In A. K. Larsen, V. Sewpaul, & G. O. Hole (Eds.), Participation in Community Work. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis.

Walker, J. E. (2006). Building from Strength: Asset-Based Community Development. Communities & Banking, 17(1), 24-27.

Wicaksono, S. (2015). Asset based community development as a method to strengthen ASEAN economic community. Indonesian Journal of International Law, 13, 46-62. Abstract available from https://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/indjil13&div=8&g_sent=1&casa_token=&collection=journals (Updated 9 November 2019)

Wu, M.-Y., & Pearce, P. L. (2014). Asset-based community development as applied to tourism in Tibet. Tourism Geographies, 16(3), 438-456. doi: 10.1080/14616688.2013.824502

Yeneabat, M., & Butterfield, A. K. (2012). “We Can’t Eat a Road:” Asset-Based Community Development and The Gedam Sefer Community Partnership in Ethiopia. Journal of Community Practice, 20(1-2), 134-153. doi: 10.1080/10705422.2012.650121

Asset-based approaches to health

Appleford, G. (2013). Exploring strengths-based approaches in the design of a family planning project in Kenya. Development in Practice, 23(1), 145-150. doi: 10.1080/09614524.2012.718741

Baker, D. (2014). Developing and implementing a robust asset-based approach to public health. Perspectives in Public Health, 134(3), 129-130.

Blickem, C., Dawson, S., Kirk, S., Vassilev, I., Mathieson, A., Harrison, R., . . . Lamb, J. (2018). What is asset-based community development and how might it improve the health of people with long-term conditions? A realist synthesis. SAGE Open, 8(3), 2158244018787223. doi: 10.1177/2158244018787223 Available from https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2158244018787223 (Updated 9 November 2019) 

Brooks, F., & Kendall, S. (2013). Making sense of assets: what can an assets based approach offer public health? Critical Public Health, 23(2), 127-130. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2013.783687

Cameron, C., & Wasacase, T. (2017). Community-driven health impact assessment and asset-based community development: An innovate path to community well-being. In R. Phillips & C. Wong (Eds.), Handbook of community well-being research (pp. 239-259). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. Available from https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-0878-2_13 (Link to abstract only, last accessed 19 October 2017)

Chiu, M. Y. L., Zhou, R. D. H., Tong, A. K. K., Tonsing, K. N., & Yiu, M. G. C. (2017). Asset-based community mental health: An evidence-based support program by lay mental health ambassadors. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 8(2), 150-164. doi: 10.1080/21507686.2017.1349684 (Link to abstract only, last accessed 19 October 2017)

Durie, R., & Wyatt, K. (2013). Connecting communities and complexity: a case study in creating the conditions for transformational change. Critical Public Health, 23(2), 174-187. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2013.781266

Foot, J., & Hopkins, T. (2010). A glass half-full: How an asset approach can improve community health and well-being. London: IDeA. Available from http://www.assetbasedconsulting.net/uploads/publications/A%20glass%20half%20full.pdf (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Friedli, L. (2013). ‘What we’ve tried, hasn’t worked’: the politics of assets based public health. Critical Public Health, 23(2), 131-145. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2012.748882

Green-Harris, G., Coley, S. L., Koscik, R. L., Norris, N. C., Houston, S. L., Sager, M. A., . . . Edwards, D. F. (2019). Addressing disparities in Alzheimer’s disease and African-American participation in research: An asset-based community development approach. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 11(125). doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2019.00125 Available from https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnagi.2019.00125 (Updated 9 November 2019)

Gustafson, D. H., McTavish, F., Gustafson Jr., D. H., Gatzke, S., Glowacki, C., Iverson, B., . . . Johnson, R. A. (2017). The use of asset-based community development in a research project aimed at developing mhealth technologies for older adults. In J. M. Rehg, S. A. Murphy, & S. Kumar (Eds.), Mobile health: Sensors, analytic methods, and applications (pp. 83-99). Cham: Springer International Publishing. Available from https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51394-2_5 (Link to abstract only, accessed 19 October 2017)

Henry, H. (2013). Exploring an asset-based approach to nursing. Nursing Times, 109, 15-17. Abstract available from: https://europepmc.org/abstract/med/23431714 (Updated 9 November 2019) 

Henry, H. (2013). An asset-based approach to creating health. Nursing Times, 109, 19-21. Abstract available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23505938 (Updated 9 November 2019) 

McInnes, R. J., Dickson, C., & Barclay, C. (2017). Buggy walking groups: An asset-based approach to health care. Journal of Health Visiting, 5(5), 236-243. doi: 10.12968/johv.2017.5.5.236 (Link to abstract only, accessed 19 October 2017)

Mclean, J., & MacNeice, V. (2012). Assets in action: Illustrating asset based approaches for health improvement. Glasgow Glasgow Centre for Population Health. Available from http://www.gcph.co.uk/assets/0000/3650/Jan_2013_update_of_assets_in_action_report_WEB_SMALLER.pdf (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Morgan, A., & Ziglio, E. (2007). Revitalising the evidence base for public health: an assets model. Promotion & Education, 14(2 suppl), 17-22. doi: 10.1177/10253823070140020701x Available from http://ped.sagepub.com/content/14/2_suppl/17.abstract (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Syarifuddin, N. (2017). Asset-based community development (ABCD) model: An approach for improving environmental and behavioral health. Advanced Science Letters, 23(4), 3364-3366. Available from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/318205175_Asset-based_community_development_ABCD_model_An_approach_for_improving_environmental_and_behavioral_health/link/5c99cfba92851cf0ae981f04/download (Updated 9 November 2019) 

Tedmanson, D., & Guerin, P. (2011). Enterprising social wellbeing: social entrepreneurial and strengths based approaches to mental health and wellbeing in ‘remote’ Indigenous community contexts. Australasian Psychiatry, 19, S30-S33. doi: 10.3109/10398562.2011.583078

Webber, S., Butteris, S. M., Houser, L., Coller, K., & Coller, R. J. (2018). Asset-based community development as a strategy for developing local global health curricula. Academic Pediatrics, 18(5), 496-501. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2018.02.001 Available from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876285918300718 (Updated 9 November 2019)

Whiting, L. S., Kendall, S., & Wills, W. (2013). Rethinking children’s public health: the development of an assets model. Critical Public Health, 23(2), 146-159. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2013.777694

ABCD and faith based communities

There are other resources (including videos and interviews) in my post on Resources for churches on asset-based community development (ABCD).

Barrett, A. (2013). Asset-based community development: A theological reflection. Church Urban Fund. Available from: https://resources.depaul.edu/abcd-institute/publications/publications-by-topic/Documents/ABCD_Theological_Reflection_2013.pdf (Updated 9 November 2019)

Church Urban Fund. (2013). Tackling poverty in England: An asset-based approach. Available from: https://www.cuf.org.uk/learn-about/publications/tackling-poverty-in-england-an-asset-based-approach (Updated 9 November 2019)

Rans, S., & Altman, H. (2002). Asset-based strategies for faith communities. Evanston: Asset-Based Community Development Institute. Available from https://www.weareonechurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Asset-Based-Strategies-for-Faith-Communities1.pdf (Updated 9 November 2019)

Magezi, V. (2017). Making community development at grassroots reality: Church-driven development approach in Zimbabwe’s context of severe poverty. In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi, 51(1), 1-12. doi: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v51i1.2263 (Updated 9 November 2019)

McKnight, J. (1989). Why “servanthood” is bad. The Other Side (January/February), 38-41. Available from https://mn.gov/mnddc/mcKnight/documents/Why_Servanthood_is_Bad.pdf (Updated 9 November 2019)

Van Gronigen, J. (2007). An introduction to asset based community development for church leaders. Christian Reformed World Relief Committee. Available from: https://communitiesfirstassociation.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/introtoabcdforchurchleaders.pdf (Updated 9 November 2019)

Other strengths-based approaches to working with communities

Appreciating People (2017) Appreciating Church: A practical appreciative inquiry resource for church communities. Liverpool: Appreciating People. Details and some resources available from http://appreciating.church/ (Last accessed 3 March 2017)

Aragón, A. O., & Kismadi, B. (2015). Capacity building for university-community engagement in Indonesia: The “Model Baru” and new possibilities for supporting local development. Washington, DC: Packard Foundation. Available from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/286918821_Capacity_Building_for_University-Community_Engagement_in_Indonesia_The_Model_Baru_and_new_possibilities_for_supporting_local_development (Updated 9 November 2019)

Ashford, G., & Patkar, S. (2001). The positive path: Using appreciative inquiry in rural Indian communities. Manitoba, Canada: International Institute for Sustainable Development. Available from http://www.iisd.org/library/positive-path-using-appreciative-inquiry-rural-indian-communities (Last accessed 3 March 2017)

Born, P. (2008). Community Conversations: Mobilizing the Ideas, Skills, and Passion of Community Organizations, Governments, Businesses, and People. Toronto, Canada: BPS Books.

Cameron, J., & Grant-Smith, D. (2005). Building citizens: participatory planning practice and a transformative politics of difference. Urban Policy and Research, 23(1), 21-36.

Gibson-Graham, J. K., Cameron, J., & Healy, S. (2013). Take back the economy : an ethical guide for transforming our communities. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Introduction chapter available from http://takebackeconomy.net/?page_id=65 (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

McCashen, W. (2004). Communities of hope: A strengths-based resource for building community. Bendigo, Vic.: St Luke’s Innovative Resources.

Murphy, L., Kordyl, P., & Thorne, M. (2004). Appreciative inquiry: a method for measuring the impact of a project on the wellbeing of an Indigenous community. Health Promotion Journal of Australia: Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, 15(3), 211-214.

Reimer, E. C., & Nixon, D. (2004). The place of social justice in strengths-based social welfare work. Children Australia, 29(2), 14-19.

Saleebey, D. (2009). Community development, neighborhood empowerment, and individual resilience. In D. Saleebey (Ed.), The strengths perspective in social work practice (5th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Sullivan, W. P. (1992). Reclaiming the community: the strengths perspective and deinstitutionalization. Social Work, 37(3), 204-209.

Young, S. (2006). What is the best modern evidence to guide building a community? West Perth: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth. Available from http://www.aracy.org.au/publications-resources/area?command=record&id=132&cid=6 (Last accessed 10 April 2016)

Sustaining Community Blog

If you liked this post please follow my blog, and you might like to look at some of the following posts that relate to ABCD and other strengths based approaches to working with communities:

  1. What is asset-based community-driven development (ABCD)?
  2. An example of asset-based community development
  3. What is community capacity building?
  4. What is the Strengths Perspective?
  5. What is Appreciative Inquiry?
  6. A story of two communities
  7. Resources for churches on asset-based community development (ABCD)
  8. 10 things I’ve learnt about strengths-based community engagement
  9. ABCD and appreciative inquiry
  10. ABCD and Making the invisible visible
  11. ABCD in Ethiopia
  12. A brief history of ABCD in Australia and New Zealand
  13. Angela Blanchard – Building on the strengths of communities
  14. Bottom-up community development
  15. ABCD stories
  16. Asset-Based Community Development Empowers Neighborhoods
  17. Asset-based community-driven development in Ethiopia
  18. Social change and strengths-based approaches
  19. Cormac Russell explains Asset Based Community Development
  20. How painting can transform communities
  21. It’s nearly time to go: ABCD with transient caravan park communities
  22. Learning from ABCD in Ethiopia
  23. Some good articles/links – strengths-based practice

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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7 Responses to A reading list on ABCD (over 150 resources)

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  2. Sabrina Eijk says:

    Thank you so much. I’ve been looking for a list like this. BW Sabrina

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  3. Elizabeth Jayne says:

    Sorry – here’s correct email address!

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    • Hi Elizabeth
      I don’t get your email address through comments, so hopefully you see my response below. Feel free to send me a message via the contact form if you want and then I can respond via email.


  4. Elizabeth Jayne says:

    Hi Graeme,

    Many thanks for this fantastic list. I’m currently running a course on Asset Based approaches to working with communities at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Would it be possible to share this list with my students as it includes quite a few references, especially to non UK work that I’ve not come across?



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