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maximum use of limited resources is a position many coalitions find
themselves in. Listed in this section are links to resources to help
develop and maintain your coalition.
Complete the Online
Coalition Self-Assessment Tool. At the end of
this assessment you can
print a report with your coalition "score", which will indicate your relative level of resources.
This should help you decide if you need more capacity or planning skills or if you
are ready to go to the resources page and implement interventions. A
description of the categories and values for the Coalition Self-Assessment Tool and
the resulting score (PDF, 106 KB) is also
available. A pdf version of the
Coalition Self-Assessment Tool (PDF, 370 KB)
can also be downloaded to make it easier to fill in the tool as a group,
before entering your answers online.
The tool is specifically designed for coalitions, so
if you are an organization other than a coalition, answer the
questions below and then go to the resources page for
specific strategies for your organization.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of your
coalition or organization to implement an obesity prevention
Do you have sufficient resources?
How can you pick something that is attainable
with your current resources?
Mapping is the process of cataloging the resources of a community. Asset
mapping can serve a number of purposes:
- Provide a
foundation for strategic planning and implementation
understanding of key regional systems and linkages
- Become a
catalyst for new partnerships
- Be an
organizational and motivational tool for implementation
(PDF, 76 KB) - A more detailed
description of asset mapping as well as tools to identify partners and
catalog their resources.
Tool Box - Practical information for
community building that both professionals and ordinary citizens can
use in everyday practice -- for example, leadership skills, program
evaluation, and writing a grant application.
Point - Resources for public health agencies and their partners
that can help strengthen initiatives by linking to other sectors.
of Evaluating Partnerships: Evaluation Guide - The evaluation
guides are a series of evaluation technical assistance tools
developed by the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke
Prevention (DHDSP). The guides clarify approaches to and methods of
evaluation, provide examples specific to the scope and purpose
of programs, and recommend resources for additional reading.
the Community Tool Box)
the Community Tool Box)
leadership self assessment and learning modules
(from Turning Point)
If your coalition assessment indicated that you
currently have limited resources, a first step would be to receive
additional training to develop additional skills and resources.
The resources below are a good starting point:
Leadership Training: UW-Madison and Medical College of Wisconsin
Community Teams Program - The program involves a twelve-month commitment for teams
of individuals who are leading community health initiatives to
facilitate the development of collaborative leadership and
public health skills.
Health Policy Program is a one-day workshop designed to
increase individual and community capacity to understand and
change policies that impact community health.
Physical Activity and Obesity Program - Regular
trainings and archived webinars on a variety of topics.
Coalitions: Key Definitions
Coalition capacity is the ability of a coalition to effectively and
efficiently develop, implement, and evaluate interventions that address
important health issues within a community. Implicit in this description
are strategic planning, the identification and use of evidence-based
practices, and the solicitation of input from key community stakeholders.
Coalition capacity describes both structural and functional aspects of a
coalition as well as the ability to evaluate these aspects.
structure represents the objective aspects of a coalition. These
include, for example, the number of members and their affiliations and
qualifications, the structure of the organization (e.g., chair, executive
committee, sub-committees), rules or procedures, meeting schedule and
format, attendance, available funding, etc.
Coalition function represents more subjective aspects, such as
leadership quality, member involvement and satisfaction, collaboration
literacy, performance levels, clarity of roles and expectations,
effectiveness of decision-making and conflict resolution processes,
meeting quality, etc.
Capacity evaluation represents an assessment of the structure and
function of the coalition in relation to its short and long terms goals
and objectives (or tentative ones for new coalitions). Evidence is
gathered to answer specific evaluation questions and can include
quantitative assessments, such as member surveys, qualitative assessments
such as member or leader interviews, or structural documents, such as
rosters, attendance records, meeting minutes, etc.
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October 23, 2013