In this groundbreaking text, the author examines the synthesis of two antithetical ideas—needs assessment and asset/capacity building. At the heart of this approach is a focus on assessing the strengths and assets that communities have and demonstrating how to make those assets stronger. The author explains the foundation of needs assessment and asset/capacity building, discusses their similarities and differences, and offers a new hybrid framework that includes eight steps for how they can be done jointly for better results. The author then applies a checklist for judging the quality of this approach to six cases that represent real-world applications of hybrid principles. The last chapter demonstrates how such efforts might be studied in the future, emphasizing ways findings and results from hybrid ventures can be used effectively. A wide range of examples, tables, and figures appear throughout, with insightful discussion questions at the end of each chapter to facilitate meaningful discourse.
2. Synthesis of Needs Assessment and Asset/Capacity Building
3. Looking Closely at the First Three Critical Steps of the Framework
4. Step 4 in the Hybrid Framework
5. Steps 5-8: Completing the Hybrid Process
6. A Checklist for the Hybrid Framework
7. Cases Exhibiting Hybrid Framework Characteristics: Examples From Public Health
8. Cases From Other Fields
9. Research and Utilization
The open-access Companion Website includes the following:
- Interesting and relevant additional readings provide a jumping-off point for course assignments, papers, research, group work, and class discussion.
- Lively and stimulating ideas for activities to reinforce active learning.