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Developing Community Connections with Asset Mapping

Asset-based Community Development (ABCD) is a means for members of a community to identify and connect the community’s assets so they use and grow their capacity to change on their own terms. Asset mapping is used in ABCD in a facilitated, participatory and inclusive process through which a group of residents identify the individual, associational and institutional assets in their neighborhood or community, then use them in envisioning and taking practical steps toward community improvement.
These handouts will help guide you through an asset-based community development process:

Overview: This two-page handout provides an overview of the asset-based development process for helping communities adapt to wildfire. The approach has seven steps: situation assessment — asset mapping with “connectors” — facilitating local visioning — identifying action steps — widening the circle — bridging for support — becoming collaborative partners.

Step 1—Situation Assessment: This resource explains what a situation assessment is and provides guidelines for how to perform one successfully. It also helps you identify who to work with during the remainder of the process.

Step 2—Developing Community Connections with Asset Mapping: While learning about a community’s strengths and challenges during the situation assessment, you probably met people who are “connectors.” This handout will help you collaborate with them on identifying the community’s fire adaptation strengths in a “mapping” project.

Steps 3 & 4--Facilitating Local Visioning & Identifying Action Steps: This installment guides you through community visioning, a process of collectively imagining a desired future, and then start to mobilize your community’s assets into action.

Steps5, 6 & 7—Widening the Circle, Bridging for Support & Becoming Collaborative Partners: The last handout in the series guides you through bringing in more parts of your community, and reaching beyond to engage with other agencies and organizations with wildland fire responsibilities.


These resources were developed by Jana Carp through her work with the Fire Learning Network. She talks about that work in the blog post “Community Magic: Community-Based Asset Mapping Establishes New Connections for Fire Adaptation” on the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network website.