### abstract

- In his work on the Farrell-Jones Conjecture, Arthur Bartels introduced the concept of a "finitely $\mathcal{F}$-amenable" group action, where $\mathcal{F}$ is a family of subgroups. We show how a finitely $\mathcal{F}$-amenable action of a countable group $G$ on a compact metric space, where the asymptotic dimensions of the elements of $\mathcal{F}$ are bounded from above, gives an upper bound for the asymptotic dimension of $G$ viewed as a metric space with a proper left invariant metric. We generalize this to families $\mathcal{F}$ whose elements are contained in a collection, $\mathfrak{C}$, of metric families that satisfies some basic permanence properties: If $G$ is a countable group and each element of $\mathcal{F}$ belongs to $\mathfrak{C}$ and there exists a finitely $\mathcal{F}$-amenable action of $G$ on a compact metrizable space, then $G$ is in $\mathfrak{C}$. Examples of such collections of metric families include: metric families with weak finite decomposition complexity, exact metric families, and metric families that coarsely embed into Hilbert space.