Hints and Tips

Tips for sustaining a successful coalition

*From the Community Toolbox

Getting Started

  1. Define the problem and its impact on the community.
  2. Identify key stakeholders.
  3. Convene a meeting.
  4. Share perspectives.
  5. Discuss the current reality and the ideal.
  6. Create a vision for your community.
  7. Determine the next steps.

Running a Coalition Meeting: Ten Quick Tips

  1. Keep meeting length to one hour.
  2. Start and end on time.
  3. Have a written meeting agenda.
  4. Assign someone to take minutes.
  5. Send the minutes back to the coalition members.
  6. Keep discussions focused on group priorities. Take individual issues off-line or create committees to gather additional information and report back to the entire coalition.
  7. Encourage all to participate.
  8. At the end of the meeting, summarize and come to consensus; identify any areas not covered and schedule further discussion for a future meeting.
  9. Assign group and/or individual task.
  10. Conduct question and answer session, and plan next meeting.

Maintain Your Coalition

  1. Develop the awareness that maintenance is necessary.
  2. Make a decision to engage in it.
  3. Design a maintenance plan.
  4. Carry out your maintenance plan.

* The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. The Community Tool Box is a service of the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas.

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