Understanding factors that support well-functioning community coalitions


Jacobs, L.; Orzech, K.; Goodman, G.; Le, T.; Martinez, S.


Coalitions are central to Extension's community-based programs. To assess characteristics that support well-functioning coalitions and to support coalitions in which Extension stakeholders participate, we used the WilderCollaboration Factors Inventory to assess 10 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education coalitionson the basis of research-tested collaboration success factors. Overall, the 103 coalition members whoresponded reported strengths related to communication and shared purpose and weaknesses in the areas ofresources and process and structure for achieving the coalitions' aims. Our project represents a low-burdenmethod for assessing Extension coalitions to understand the characteristics that are likely to support theachievement of collective goals. © by Extension Journal, Inc.


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