Performing a situation assessment is the first step in the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) process. In this step, you identify who to work with during the remainder of the process, so it is critical for several reasons. This resource explains what a situation assessment is and provides guidelines for how to perform them successfully.

This is part of a series of guides that familiarizes FAC practitioners with the how’s and why’s of the asset-based (rather than deficiency-focused) mapping process. See the Series Overview for an introduction to the overall process; this guide discusses the first step of the seven-part process.