Once you are ready to build a coalition, what do you need to do to actually make it happen? There are key building blocks that coalitions need in order to find success. It is important to give due diligence to setting the stage so that your coalition can be effective and efficient.
Several questions addressed in this section include:
- How do you create a shared purpose and common goals?
- What are the essential structures, processes, and people that need to be in place to drive success?
- How do you develop a coalition that can demonstrate its value?
- How do you ensure the trust, accountability,
and transparency required for coalition members to work effectively together?
The information in this section describes the essential building blocks coalitions need for success, including: how to frame the work of coalition, understanding what you want to achieve through focus on impact and practical advice on building a strategy, leadership structure and resource development.
Just like individual organizations, agencies working together in coalition must define: a shared purpose, which includes identifying a community-level problem which the coalition seeks to impact, a common vision towards which the coalition is striving, a mission stating how the coalition plans to achieve that vision and specific, measurable, goals that specify how that mission will be achieved.
When the rubber hits the road, it is all about impact. Everything the coalition sets out to do in their strategic plan, every hour spent in meetings, all the resources raised, assembled and created, all the relationships built and nurtured and all the efforts of every coalition partner are aimed at moving toward the specific vision by realizing IMPACT as outlined by the mission and goals.
Now that you have set your strategy and created a coordinated evaluation plan, a coalition seeking collective impact should commit to the following actions in order to launch and thrive: focus on governance, adopt systems leadership and plan for resources. This section of the Roadmap outlines key issues in developing each.