An Assessment of the Sustainability and Impact of Community Coalitions once Federal Funding has Expired. A Conceptual Framework for Assessing Coalition Sustainability

06/01/2012

With a working definition of sustainability in the context of community coalitions and their activities, it was possible to develop a conceptual framework for assessing the sustainability of community coalitions after their initial federal funding has expired. The framework in Exhibit 3 depicts the relationships between sustainability enabling characteristics, actions, intermediate outcomes, and long-term outcomes. The components of the conceptual framework are discussed in detail in the remainder of the section.


Exhibit 3: A Conceptual Framework for the Assessment of Community Coalition Sustainability

Exhibit 3: A Conceptual Framework for the Assessment of Community Coalition Sustainability

Components of this model were adapted from Beery et al., 2005.

Notes:

  1. Structure refers to the administrative rules in place that facilitate the management of the coalition
  2. For example, data sharing or integrated data systems, electronic medical records, financial management information systems, standardized registry systems, screening and eligibility systems
  3. Goals that the community coalition was addressing during the initial federal funding period
  4. Activities that the community coalition was conducting during the initial federal funding period
  5. For example, community newsletters, community bulletin boards or web sites, community hotlines

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