TOOL KIT



The following is a collection of tools from ABCD faculty members and fellows as well as individuals and organizations that embody the principles of ABCD in their work. The addition of the toolkit was made possible by a generous grant from the Alumnae of Northwestern University.

We hope you find these to be useful. New tools will be added as we come across them.


The tools are arranged into three general categories: ABCD Talking Point Tools, Asset Mapping Tools and Facilitating Tools.

ABCD Talking Point Tools
These are helpful tools when presenting the ABCD principles, understanding what they can do and comparing organizing practices.

Video: “Richland Together Let’s Connect”
– Video about aging in place created through a partnership with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Southwest Wisconsin and the Active Aging Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Contributed by ABCD faculty member Tom Mosgaller, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Richland County Aging and Disability Resource Center, Richland, Wisconsin
“This wonderful video is a very useful description of the variety of activities that ABCD can stimulate.”
 –John McKnight

 
Charts: “Community Building Principles and Action Steps”
Contributed by ABCD faculty member Dan Duncan

Chart: Needs-Based vs. Asset-Based “The New Paradigm for Effective Community Impact-Asset Based” – This chart compares needs-based strategies with asset–based strategies.
Contributed by ABCD faculty member Dan Duncan



Asset Mapping Tools

 
Mapping tools are available to download as PDF files. 

Introduction to Capacity Inventories, Kretzmann and McKnight, 1993.
[Download PDF]
 
The Capacity Inventory, Kretzmann and McKnight, 1993.
[Download PDF]
 
How to Use the Capacity Inventory, Kretzmann and McKnight, 1993.
[Download PDF]
 

ABCD Resource Kit. From our Asia-Pacific ABCD Network, this resource kit, titled Shifting Focus: Alternative Pathways for Communities and Economies, details the community partnering process used by the Latrobe City Council and Monash University, both in Australia. The kit includes documented examples of how positives can be found in negative situations, and will assist communities to establish micro-economic communities in their local area using people as their major resource.
 
 

Click on each link to download in four parts as PDF files:

ABCD Resource Kit Introduction
ABCD Resource Kit Part 1
ABCD Resource Kit Part 2
ABCD Resource Kit Appendices
 


Workbook:
“Mapping Community Assets Workbook – Strengthening Community Education: The Basis for Sustainable Renewal”
by Diane Dorfman – a 15-page workbook for understanding and mapping community assets.
Contributed by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory

Instructional: “Asset Mapping: Eight Steps to Increase and Support Residential Engagement”
Contributed by ABCD faculty member Dan Duncan

Instructional Exercises: Gift Discovery (short version)
Gift Discovery (long version)
The purpose of these exercises is to demonstrate the wide variety of resources we have available to address an issue, beyond the services agencies offer.
Contributed by ABCD faculty member Dan Duncan

Board Game: The “We Can” Game
A fun and engaging way to identify the gifts and capacities of a group of people.
Contributed by ABCD faculty member Cormac Russell.

”Cormac Russell has invented a captivating 'game' that can flip negativity into an exploration of possibility - quickly - with groups of all sizes. It is quite remarkable. And it can be played with everyone! All sizes, shapes, ages, abilities. Basically people work in small groups of about 10 ideally. There could be many groups playing simultaneously in a room.”  –Jack Pearpoint

Worksheet: Inupiaq Capacity Inventory - A capacity inventory designed specifically for an indigenous Alaskan community. An example of how the assets need to fit the community.
 


Facilitating Tools


Workbook: “Creating Welcoming Spaces” - How your group can increase its size and diversity, get everyone participating and keep members coming back.
Contributed by ABCD fellow Bruce Anderson

Worksheet: “Creating Space for Resident Action and Engagement” – What can agencies stop doing to increase resident engagement?
Contributed by ABCD faculty member Dan Duncan

Worksheets: “Three Questions for Effective Strategy Development” - Defining what residents can accomplish by themselves, with some help from institutions, and what institutions must do themselves.
Contributed by ABCD faculty member Dan Duncan

Instructional: “Porch Time–Learning Conversations” - What gifts, skills and passions residents have to offer their neighbors.
Contributed by ABCD faculty member Dan Duncan

Chart: “Tips for Working with Neighborhoods” - How approaching work with neighborhood residents differs from working with traditional organizations.
Contributed by ABCD faculty member Dan Duncan

Worksheet: “Welcoming Schools”
- How to assess if your school is a welcoming place. “A quick little tool we use for student groups who are working on creating welcoming schools. Its purpose is just to get them warmed up to the range of possibilities for welcoming.” – Bruce Anderson
Contributed by ABCD fellow Bruce Anderson

Instructional:
Portrait of a Connected Neighborhood - Project CLIC: Creating Livable and Interactive Communities was aimed at creating more welcoming and inclusive neighborhoods by exploring the stories, photographs and experiences of citizens, one ‘clic’ at a time.

Instructional: "Gifts and Assets That People Who Are Vulnerable to Rejection Commonly Bring to Community" - A wonderful and important list of unique often overlooked gifts. Contributed by Judith Snow.

 


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