Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice

Hardcover | January 2, 2013

byMelvin Delgado, Denise Humm-delgado

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The role and importance of assessment in development of health and social services are well accepted in the field, and represent the fundamental building blocks for the creation of any form of social intervention. Need assessments are, without question, the most common form of assessment inthese fields. They typically, however, result in a rather narrow view of a community that stresses disease risk profiles and lists of various social problem categories. Nevertheless, unlike needs assessments, asset assessments bring a range of factors and considerations to the creation of anintervention that are guided by participatory democratic principles and processes. Although need assessments can also be guided by participatory principles, they generally are professionally-driven and do not stress capacity enhancement in the process. Asset assessments' emphasis on participatory democracy sufficiently distance themselves from their needs counterpart through the use of values, language used to communicate, and how research methods get conceptualized and carried out. Community asset assessments can be viewed as a goal; a strategy;a set of guiding principles; a method; and a process. These different perspectives make a consensus definition of a capital difficult to arrive at in both scholarly and practice realms. Consequently, it is best to view asset assessments from an evolutionary point of view in order to appreciate thevariety of perspectives, tensions, and potential for achieving positive social change. In essence asset assessments are both an instrument of discovery as well as an intervention to achieve community change.

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The role and importance of assessment in development of health and social services are well accepted in the field, and represent the fundamental building blocks for the creation of any form of social intervention. Need assessments are, without question, the most common form of assessment inthese fields. They typically, however, result ...

Melvin Delgado, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Macro Practice at the Boston University School of Social Work. Denise Humm-Delgado, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Simmons College School of Social Work.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 2, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199735840

ISBN - 13:9780199735846

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsSection One: Definition, Values, and Principles1. Introduction2. Definitions, History, Elements and Boundaries3. Values Underpinning Asset Assessments4. Rewards, Challenges and Ethical Dilemmas in Undertaking Community Asset AssessmentsSection Two: Analytical Framework, Elements, and Methods5. Analytical Framework for Undertaking Assessments6. Community Asset Assessment Methods7. Community Mapping Strategies8. Report FindingsSection Three: Lessons from the Field of Practice9. Asset Assessments and Youth10. Asset Assessments and Latino communities11. Asset Assessments and Community GardensSection Four: Future Rewards and Challenges12. EpilogueReferencesIndex