Asset Mapping


Asset mapping is the process by a community inventories its assets and capabilities. The process can take many forms, but is a positive way of identifying both strengths and gaps and identifying a plan for moving forward.

Tool Description

Summary of Costs

Associated Costs
  • Consulting
  • Facilitation
  • Project Management


  • Asset mapping can be adapted in many ways for different types of communities, budgets, timelines, and to include other tools.
  • Asset mapping may yield more comprehensive results than similar tools like Capacity Inventrories or Needs Assessments, because it doesn't focus on one type of community asset.
  • Asset mapping can be a great tool for a struggling community because it forces people to start thinking about positive aspects.


  • Certain elements of character or community issues may not be considered assets and may be overlooked; processes like visioning are better able to describe what the community would like to become.
  • Good asset mapping requires a significant amount of creativity and organization, which can take time and money.
  • Sometimes problems do legitimately need to be addressed, and asset mapping can be viewed as unrealistic for leaving them out.
Submitted By: svannostrand
Last Updated: October 14, 2014, 8:49 am