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The Four Essential Elements of an Asset-Based Community Development Process

The Four Essential Elements of an Asset-Based Community Development Process: What is Distinctive about an Asset-Based Community Development Process?

John L. McKnight & Cormac Russell (2018)

The primary goal of an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) process is to enhance

collective citizen visioning and production through a process that combines four essential

elements:

1. Resources

2. Methods

3. Functions

4. Evaluation

This paper discusses each of these elements in detail in an effort to answer the following question: “what is distinctive about an Asset-Based Community Development process?”

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