Currently the majority of organisations in the public sector work under a deficit approach (i.e. focusing on what is lacking and trying to plug this gap) rather than an assets-based approach (i.e. focusing on building on the positives in place).
The endorsement of an asset-based approach provides an opportunity for organisations to respond to community inequalities. Asset-based approaches are embraced throughout public policy, often referred to as ‘community engagement’, ‘empowerment’ or ‘enablement’. Although terminology varies, these approaches recognise intrinsic assets of communities: positive capacity; knowledge; networks; and skills.
Please click HERE to view the recommendations from the three asset-based projects undertaken in Birmingham.