Coalition Building Resources
Cohen, L, Chavez, V & Chemini, S. (2010). Prevention is Primary: Strategies for Community Well Being. San Francisco: Jossey Bass. This practical text describes the overarching principles guiding prevention efforts, with a focus on social justice, health equity, and community resilience. Larry Cohen is president of the Prevention Institute and the website is comprehensive.
Batan M, Butterfoss FD, Jaffe A, LaPier T.CDC Division of Adult and Community Health, Healthy Communities Program. (2011). The Sustainability Planning Guide for Healthy Communities. Atlanta, GA: CDC. This guide uses science- and practice-based evidence to help coalitions, public health professionals, and community stakeholders create, implement, and evaluate their sustainability plans. It suggests a process for sustaining policy strategies and related activities, introduces varied approaches to sustainability, and demonstrates sustainability planning in action with examples.
BoardSource. This site offerspractical tools, best practices, training and leadership development for leaders of nonprofit organizations, including coalitions. It provides an extensive database; consultants; material on nonprofit governance; and a biennial international conference.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA. Strategic Alliance for Health (SAH) Implementation Guides. SAH communities help 1) change policies, systems, and environments to promote physical activity and nutrition and reduce tobacco use/exposure; 2) improve/ increase access to quality health care; 3) eliminate health disparities; and 4) reduce complications/incidence of chronic disease. The 14 Guides help communities replicate strategies across sectors and chronic disease risk factors. Each offers lessons learned/ guidance for planning, evaluating, and sustaining strategies.
Coalitions Work. This is a comprehensive coalition building site that offers tools and other resources for building effective coalitions at the community level. Tools for every facet of coalition work are downloadable and free. Training, strategic planning and problem solving for coalitions are available by consultation with Frances Butterfoss, founder and president.
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). CADCA's National Coalition Institute provides coalition training, technical assistance, evaluation, research and capacity building. Its website has information on policy and advocacy, training materials (Newsletters, Strategizers, Primers, Beyond the Basics, and Briefs) and interactive media. Materials focus on substance abuse, but are applicable for all community prevention efforts.
Community Commons - This healthy communities’ movement website offers access to: 1) GIS data at state, county, zip code, block group, tract and point-levels; 2) mapping, visualization, analytic, impact and communication tools; 3) profiles and video narratives of collaboratives that are funded by philanthropy and government to build healthy, sustainable, livable and equitable communities; and 4) peer forums to explore similar interests/challenges hosted by national technical assistance providers.
Community Organizing and Community Building for Health and Welfare, 3rd Ed. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Provides approaches community building/organizing from collaborating with communities on assessment and issue selection to using coalition building, media advocacy and social media to enhance effectiveness. The appendices offer a variety of guidelines, exercises and training tools.
Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition. (2002). From the Ground Up: An Organizing Handbook for Healthy Communities. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: The Search Institute. This workbook provides a starting point for organizing healthy communities’ efforts.
Pew Partnership for Civic Change. Solutions for America; The Guide for Civic Problem Solving. This guide summarizes effective evidence-based strategies in addressing healthy communities and families, thriving neighborhoods, living-wage jobs, and viable economies.
Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Website. The site provides materials/examples to help community-based practitioners design, implement, and evaluate their programs. This link will help you create logic models for your strategies.
Wolff, T. (2012). The Power of Collaborative Solutions: Six Principles and Effective Tools for Building Healthy Communities. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. This book addresses current social problems by helping people of diverse backgrounds work together to solve community challenges. The clear principles, illustrative stories, and practical tools show how to make lasting change happen.
Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development. University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Community Tool Box. This website provides practical information to support coalition work in health and development. It features sections on all phases of coalition building that include descriptions of tasks, guidelines, examples, checklists of points to review, and training materials. The vast resources of the CTB are organized by what you may want to do: How-to Guidance; Toolkits; Troubleshooting and Evidence-based Practice.