ABCD Toolkit

In this toolkit by DePaul University’s ABCD Institute, Dan Duncan sets out the concept of asset-based community development, or “ABCD.”

Duncan argues that, to improve individual and family well-being, communities, neighbourhoods and their residents need to be involved as co-producers of their own and their communities’ well-being. Everyone has something to contribute, Duncan asserts, and we need their “gifts and assets.” Using the principles of ABCD and asset mapping, Duncan explains how we can help create powerful community partnerships to build healthier, safer and stronger neighbourhoods and communities.


ABCD Toolkit



About Dan Duncan

ABCD Institute's Dan Duncan

H. Daniels Duncan has extensive professional management experience in the nonprofit and for-profit professional service sectors. He has used this experience to provide training and consultation both nationally and internationally to help communities, nonprofits and governmental organizations enhance their community work through the use of the principles of asset-based community development and Results-Based Accountability™.

In addition to his role as an ABCD Institute faculty member he is currently a Senior Consultant at the Results Leadership Group.

Prior to joining the Results Leadership Group, he had his own consulting practice. He also served as an adjunct faculty member for the New College at St. Edward´s University and the University of Texas, School of Social Work, both in Austin, Texas. He has also served as adjunct faculty member for the School of Social Work at Arizona State University.

Dan´s areas of expertise include asset-based community development, results-based accountability™, collective impact and organizational and board development.