Measuring and Evaluating Community Assets

One of the biggest questions facing those interested in Asset-Based Rural Development (ABRD) is how to identify and measure the community’s assets. While the ABRD Knowledge Brief Part I : What is Asset-Based Rural Development discussed asset identification, the asset mapping stage is only the beginning of a larger process that many communities have used to coordinate and support sustainable rural development. The tools employed in ABRD can be used not only to identify local assets, but also to evaluate those assets against a locally defined vision of community well-being. Locally developed indicators allow us to evaluate how well we are protecting and promoting the community’s assets and ensuring well-being for all residents. This Knowledge Brief describes how rural communities can engage residents in the shared evaluation of community assets through an ongoing ABRD process

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