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Asset Based Community Development: The Why, What and How?
Wed 17 May 2017, 10:00 – 15:00 BST
This two-part seminar will focus on professionalising community development practice by exploring a range of tools and techniques, which promote authentic community participation, underpinned by the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach.
One of the underpinning values of ABCD is that communities have strengths and are experts in their own lives, as such participatory methods and tools are core to this approach. The training will equip participants with tools they can use when researching communities, prioritising needs of communities and evaluating community practice whilst involving the community at the heart of everything they do.
The training will be interactive and practical; participants will learn at least three different tools they can use to implement into their own work areas.
What will participants learn?
• The basic principles and background of ABCD
• How to adopt strengths based approach to community development within your own work
• What are the benefits are drawbacks of participatory methods and tools
• How to asset map
• How to prioritise needs using ranking tools
• How to identify trends, problems and community based solutions using timelines, mapping and venn diagramming
• How to evaluate changes in communities using outcome mapping
Natasha Choudary is a Public Health Lecturer at London Metropolitan University and specialises in community development approaches to tackling health inequalities and participatory research methods. Natasha has carried out multiple research and evaluation projects, which utilise participatory methods. Natasha is also a guest lecturer at the United Nations (UN) University, where she leads on training UN project managers tools and techniques to work with communities in rural areas.
Natasha is also a doctoral student at London Metropolitan University. She is carrying out organisational research in the Voluntary Sector. As a part of her research, Natasha will be based at Social Action for Health from the 10th April until the 21st April. Natasha's research topic is: What are the experiences of employees in the Voluntary Sector, amidst wider political and social changes?
During her time at Social Action for Health, she would like to speak to staff and observe the everyday activities. When Natasha arrives, she will share more information with each individual about her research aims.