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Accountability and Community Development Can Help Unlock an Abundance of Resources

Local governments can create effective community change. How? By becoming community engagement organizations and bringing the community together — residents, associations, nonprofits, the business community and government — to act collectively as coproducers of their community’s well-being.

Using results-based accountability (RBA) coupled with asset-based community development (ABCD), local governments can drive the promise of measurable change through community engagement.

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Re-posted by permission from the November 2012 issue of PM Magazine, published by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Image courtesy ICMA. For more on Dan Duncan’s work visit H. Daniels Duncan Consulting.

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Dan Duncan
Dan Duncan is a consultant and faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. His website is

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