Knowing when and how to source the right kind of external support, to fill coalition gaps or to amplify the work, can be critical to maintaining coalition momentum. External support may come in the form of new research, tools and tips, case studies and lessons learned from other coalitions or expert consultants.
Several key questions to consider include:
- Where can I find valuable resources to help me move forward?
- What local coalitions exist today that could serve as potential models, partners or learning labs for our coalition’s work?
- What are common lessons learned about how to minimize or avoid inevitable bumps in the road? The Centers for Nonprofit Excellence and Partnerships for Strategic Impact™ partnered with the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition (CMHWC) to build a consultative experience around the needs of the coalition. This work was the launch pad for this Roadmap, and we share all our collective lessons learned here!
- When is the appropriate time to bring in the expertise of a consultant? What are the benefits and costs of working with a consultant? What is the best way to prepare for a consultant? How do you best form relationships with consultants and how do you then transition back to internal capacity?