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Asset-based community development: narratives, practice, and conditions of possibility - a qualitative study with community practitioners

Asset-based community development: narratives, practice, and conditions of possibility - a qualitative study with community practitioners
Asset-based community development: narratives, practice, and conditions of possibility - a qualitative study with community practitioners

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is seen as a way of tackling the social determinants of health and reducing health inequalities. However, a better understanding of the mechanisms through which ABCD operates, and the environmental and relational conditions within which it is likely to be most effective, could increase its effectiveness at improving health and well-being and reducing inequalities. Interviews and focus groups were conducted with 25 people working in third sector and voluntary organizations to begin to improve understanding about ABCD approaches, how they are implemented, and how they are meeting the needs of disadvantaged populations. These individuals had local area knowledge of programs that follow an ABCD approach and which are currently running in the North West of England. The interviews were transcribed and thematically analyzed. Four overarching themes gave insight into the principles and practices of ABCD: Relationships and trust as mechanisms for change, Reciprocity and connectivity: “people not services,” Accountability and reducing dependency, and A socially sustainable model. ABCD focuses on identifying and developing individual capabilities, relationships, engagement within communities, and outcomes that are meaningful to people and consistent with relationships and support that are reciprocal and acceptable. ABCD is likely to be most effective in supporting vulnerable people where building trust is mirrored by an institutional and relational environment that is trustworthy and facilitative of developing people’s capabilities.

asset-based community development, community development, health, inequalities
2158-2440
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Harrison, Rebecca, Blickem, Christian, Lamb, Jonathan, Kirk, Susan and Vassilev, Ivaylo (2019) Asset-based community development: narratives, practice, and conditions of possibility - a qualitative study with community practitioners. SAGE Open, 9 (1), 1-11. (doi:10.1177/2158244018823081).

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Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is seen as a way of tackling the social determinants of health and reducing health inequalities. However, a better understanding of the mechanisms through which ABCD operates, and the environmental and relational conditions within which it is likely to be most effective, could increase its effectiveness at improving health and well-being and reducing inequalities. Interviews and focus groups were conducted with 25 people working in third sector and voluntary organizations to begin to improve understanding about ABCD approaches, how they are implemented, and how they are meeting the needs of disadvantaged populations. These individuals had local area knowledge of programs that follow an ABCD approach and which are currently running in the North West of England. The interviews were transcribed and thematically analyzed. Four overarching themes gave insight into the principles and practices of ABCD: Relationships and trust as mechanisms for change, Reciprocity and connectivity: “people not services,” Accountability and reducing dependency, and A socially sustainable model. ABCD focuses on identifying and developing individual capabilities, relationships, engagement within communities, and outcomes that are meaningful to people and consistent with relationships and support that are reciprocal and acceptable. ABCD is likely to be most effective in supporting vulnerable people where building trust is mirrored by an institutional and relational environment that is trustworthy and facilitative of developing people’s capabilities.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 17 January 2019
Keywords: asset-based community development, community development, health, inequalities

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Local EPrints ID: 428078
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/428078
ISSN: 2158-2440
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Author: Rebecca Harrison
Author: Christian Blickem
Author: Jonathan Lamb
Author: Susan Kirk
Author: Ivaylo Vassilev

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