This Roadmap is the end result of a multi-year governance and evaluation consulting pilot with the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition (CMHWC) in Charlottesville, VA.
The authors wish to give special thanks to CMHWC leaders past and present: Erika Viccellio, Executive Vice President, United Way Thomas Jefferson Area; Karen Osterhaus, Research, Evaluation, Grants Coordinator, Region Ten Community Services Board; Elizabeth Irvin, Executive Director, The Women’s Initiative; Erin Tucker, Executive Director, On Our Own; Kaki Dimock, Director of Human Services, City of Charlottesville and Mike Murphy, Assistant City Manager, City of Charlottesville. These leaders have not only guided the CMHWC to achieve real community impact, they have also been true partners in learning throughout the project. They have invested personal time, valuable insights and feedback into the Roadmap with the collective goal of benefiting other coalitions attempting community change in our region. This Roadmap is a true collaborative effort. Any errors contained within, however, are the sole responsibility of the authors.
This Roadmap would not be possible without the participation and partnership of the entire CMHWC, the CMHWC Data Committee and especially the efforts of the staff at the Charlottesville Free Clinic, Region Ten Community Services Board, The Women’s Initiative, Thrive, and On Our Own, who worked with Partnerships for Strategic Impact™ to build a Strategic Impact Map™, to identify impact indicators and to collect and wrestle with the data.
Very special thanks are extended to the City of Charlottesville and the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) for providing partial funding for this project, as well as additional staff time contributed by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) and Partnerships for Strategic Impact™ (PSI) which more than doubled the amount of funding contributed. We owe a particular debt of gratitude to Christine Jacobs, CNE’s summer 2016 intern and a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, who brought her considerable project management skills, web design creativity and sense of humor to the task of: editing, formatting, synthesizing, coordinating, designing and cajoling the authors to complete this Roadmap. We cannot recommend her enough. Special thanks also to CNE student interns and University of Virginia undergraduate students Courtney Morgan, Erin Comerford and Fiona Dale, each of whom enthusiastically gave of their time and their editing and creative talent to bring this project to life.
This Roadmap relies on the significant expertise of practitioners, consultants, thought leaders and experts across the country who are engaged in collaborative communities of practice. We encourage anyone using specific resources included in this Roadmap to cite their work. Should you use or cite the information in this report, we ask that you use the following citation:
Action to Impact: A Coalition-Building Roadmap, Cristine Nardi, Author; Maryfrances Porter, Author. (Charlottesville, VA, 2017)