Community Mapping Strategies


in Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199735846
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315864 | DOI:
Community Mapping Strategies

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Community asset assessments are a form of what is referred to as community-based participatory research, and community asset maps are one way of engaging communities in this process. This chapter provides the reader with goals and methods for developing maps based on community assets. Community asset maps can be thought of as visual and geographic representations of community assets in a very concrete manner. Maps, in essence, provide visually striking information on hidden or difficult to reach population groups and can reveal previously unknown patterns, even to community insiders. This potential to illuminate known and unknown knowledge, we believe, enhances the value of asset maps and expands the audience for this information in the process. Social workers and other helping professionals are not the only professions discovering the value of community asset maps. The early part of the twenty-first century has witnessed an increasing number of professions venturing out into the community and displaying a willingness to engage in community asset mapping.

Keywords: mapping; developing maps; community asset maps; geographic representations

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