This final chapter focuses on specific implications for social work education, training in the community, and the undertaking of research and evaluation pertaining to asset assessments in various types of urban communities across the country. Community asset assessments come in many different shapes and sizes, and rarely does “one-size-fit-all” when discussing a community’s assets and how best to identify, assess, and mobilize them. Advances in the field in the past decade bode well for the future of community asset assessments and the role they can play in helping communities, both urban and rural, and the organizations that serve these communities do a better job. This goal takes on even greater prominence when addressing marginalized urban communities across the United States. The “deficit” model is far too prevalent and will continue to attract more than its share of advocates. However, the “asset model,” too, is here to stay and hopefully will continue to gain in popularity.
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