Coalition Building I: Starting a Coalition Copyright 2014

Coalition Building I: Starting a Coalition Copyright  2014

Coalition Building I: Starting a Coalition Copyright 2014 by The University of Kansas What is a coalition? A diverse group of individuals and organizations who work together to reach a common goal. That goal often includes one of the following: Adapting, creating, or developing public policy. Influencing people's behavior. Building a healthy community . Copyright 2014 by The University of Kansas

Why start a coalition? To address an urgent situation. To control the future of the community.

To obtain or provide services. For effective and efficient delivery of programs. To pool resources. To increase communication among groups. To plan and launch community-wide initiatives. To develop and use political clout. To create long-term, permanent social change. Copyright 2014 by The University of Kansas Barriers to starting a coalition

Turf issues. Bad history. Domination by "professionals" or some other elite. Poor links to the community. Minimal organizational capacity. Funding. Failure to provide and create leadership within the coalition. The costs of working together outweigh the benefits for

many coalition members. Copyright 2014 by The University of Kansas Who should be part of a coalition? Stakeholders. Community opinion leaders. Policy makers. Copyright 2014 by The University of Kansas How do you start a community coalition?

Put together a core group. Identify the most important potential coalition members. Recruit members to the coalition. Plan and hold a first meeting. Follow up on the first meeting. Continue with other next steps. Use general guidelines for getting a coalition off the ground. Copyright 2014 by The University of Kansas

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