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champs has delivered an Asset Learning Programme for locality teams which aimed to provide an informal opportunity to learn, discuss and develop practical approaches in asset based working across Cheshire and Merseyside. The evaluation showed that the sessions helped to bring clarity to local direction and focus attention within a wider team of colleagues about this approach. All participants developed and implemented local plans to take this forward. The programme also produced a paper on top tips for getting started in asset based working.

Asset approaches have been seen as central to improving health for a long time. However, there has been a recent renewal of interest in this approach. An asset approach firstly undertands health as a positive state of wellbeing (salutogenic) rather than seeing health as just about illness and disease (pathogenic). The assets are the factors that support the creation of health and wellbeing - the skills, strengths and resources of individuals, communities and organisations that contribute to health.

"The asset approach values the capacity, skills, knowledge, connections and potential in a community. In an asset approach, the glass is half-full rather than half-empty."
(IDEA, 2010, A glass half full: how an asset approach can improve community health and wellbeing)

“Communities have never been built upon their deficiencies. Building communities has always depended upon mobilising the capacities and assets of people and place”
(Kretzman and McKnight 1993)

“Many of the key assets required for creating the conditions for health lie within the social context of people’s lives and therefore [the asset model] has the potential to contribute to reducing health inequities.”
(Morgan & Ziglio, 2007, IUHPE briefing)

Real gains can be made if health and wellbeing boards look beyond needs to examine how local assets, including the local community itself can be used to meet identified needs. Not only does this approach generate energy and make the best use of all available resources, but it also stimulates innovation, for example through joining up services, to find truly local solutions to address local issues.(DH 2012, Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategies draft guidance)


-Top tips for getting started in asset based working | ChaMPs | 2012

-Clubbing Together: The hidden wealth of communities | Cooper and Mcfarland | 2012 | British Civic Life
- Knowsley Asset Based Learning Programme | Knowsley Partnership | 2012

Page Moss Community Conversation Report | Knowsley Partnership | 2012
- Northwood Appreciative Conversation Interview Questions | Community Voices | 2012 
Treasure your assets work | Lynn King, Jenny Robb Merseycare NHS Trust | March 2012
A glass half-full:how an asset approach can improve community health and well-being | Jane Foot, with Trevor Hopkins | Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) | March 2010
- Appreciating Assets | Tara O’Leary, Ingrid Burkett and Kate Braithwaite | A report by IACD and Carnegie UK Trust | February 2011
- Assets Alliance Scotland | Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland (LTCAS) & Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) | December 2010
- Asset Approach to Living Well | Jude Stansfield | NHS NW | 2010
- Asset based approaches for health improvement: redressing the balance | Dr Jennifer McLean | Glasgow Centre for Population Health | October 2011
- "Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets" | John P. Kretzmann and John L. McKnight | 1993
- Communities in Control – Developing Assets | Cormac Russell, ABCD Institute and Nurture Development | June 2009
- Developing a rich and vibrant JSNA | NHS Wakefield District, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council and the Local Government Assocaition |
- Development of a Method for Asset Based Working | Brett Nelson, John Campbell, Judith Emanuel | NHS North West | March 2011
- Growing Communities from the Inside Out | NHS Wakefield District, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council and the Local Government Assocaition | 2011
- Reasons to be cheerful: the ‘count your assets’ approach to public health | Lynne Friedli | 2011
- Revitalising the evidence base for public health: an assets model | Antony Morgan and Erio Ziglio | IUHPE Briefing | 2007
- The Asset-based Community Development Institute | Website
- Asset-based community development in action, in Europe | Website