An Assessment of the Sustainability and Impact of Community Coalitions once Federal Funding has Expired. 1. Enabling Characteristics of the Community Coalitions

06/01/2012

The enabling characteristics of the community coalitions are those defining features that affect whether they will be sustained over time. While there are a number of characteristics that may affect sustainability, this conceptual framework includes strength of leadership, diversity of membership, structure, vision guiding action, strategic planning, resource stability and diversity, and evaluation. These characteristics were selected because they were identified in the literature as important facilitators of coalition effectiveness and/or sustainability. Additionally, the framework includes an "other" category in order to represent the array of additional characteristics that may affect sustainability.

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