There are key characteristics of a coalition that promote sustainability and success. Check the following resources to see if your coalition is achieving these factors.
Completing evaluations of the coalition can provide useful feedback for coalition leaders, partners and members. Several components of a coalition can and should be evaluated, including: objectives, activities, impacts, and unexpected outcomes.
There are two main types of evaluations that are useful to a coalition – formative and summative evaluations. Formative evaluations focus on the coalition’s process and summative evaluations can help determine if the coalition’s approach achieved the desired outcomes. It is also important for coalitions to document any unintended successes.
Some form of evaluation should be an ongoing part of the coalition’s activities. Periodic surveys of coalition members can provide important feedback to coalition leaders. Use the following resources to assist with the evaluation process.