Helpful resources to aid in starting a coalition
The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. Their model has five steps: access, plan, act, evaluate, and sustain.
This step-by-step guide to coalition building from The Prevention Institute helps partnerships launch and stabilize successfully. It supports advocates and practitioners in every aspect of the process-from determining the appropriateness of a coalition to selecting members, defining key elements, maintaining vitality, and conducting ongoing evaluations.
The Guide is a synthesis of science and practice-based evidence designed to help coalitions, public health professionals, and other community stake holders develop, implement, and evaluate a successful sustainability plan. It provides a process for sustaining policy strategies and related activities, introduce various approaches to sustainability, and demonstrate sustainability planning in action with real-life examples.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011
A 23-page paper that provides much useful information about coalition building basics, including strategic planning, dealing with change, and group management techniques.
Sheila Sherow, Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, Penn State University, and JoAnn Weinberger Center for Literacy, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Funded by the Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education PA Department of Education.