Building Coalitions

Building Coalitions


Building Coalitions. Objective. Explore successful strategies to create and develop a plan of action for effective partnerships to improve public education in Georgia. What is a coalition?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Building Coalitions

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Objective Explore successful strategies to create and

develop a plan of action for effective partnerships to improve public education in Georgia.

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What is a coalition?

A multi-issue coalition has related issues and is a more permanent group that recognizes the benefit of long-term mobilization.

A group of organizations and individuals working together for a common purpose

A one issue or event coalition needs only to agree on one issue and will dissolve when the issue or event is

resolved or completed.

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Why build a coalition? Strength in numbers Combining resources Elimination of duplication Improving public image Improving communication Consistency of information Achieve a common goal

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How to build a coalition?

Partnerships (activity)What groups are you a part of currently?

Ex. Garden club, Elks, Volunteer firefighter, Junior League, Sorority, Fraternity

How could they help with improving public education?Natural AlliancesPotential Alliances, or swing groups Interior (education related, ex. PTA, Boosters, school council)Exterior (ex. Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club)

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What is/are the issue(s)

The issue(s) may vary but the individuals and groups involved must understand and embrace the ultimate goal of the coalition.

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Organization of the Coalition

Planning Message Development ID potential relatives ID Team Members Set logical and achievable goals, objectives, activities

and timelines, and put in writing

Roles and ResponsibilitiesLeader (who has access to necessary resources)FacilitatorIndividual and group tasks

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Organization (continued)‾ Planning (cont’d)

• Review, assess, and make needed changes periodically

• Celebrate achievements

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Maintaining the CoalitionGenerally, dealings between organizations are

harmonious because the groups see the value and benefit of combining resources.

However, coalitions need to exist only as long as it is useful to its members.

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ChallengesWhen coalitions disintegrate

before achieving their goals, it has usually fallen victim to one of these defects:

Poor communication – failure to keep members informed about the policies and actions of the organization; lack of information is a prime reason for believing the coalition has been ineffective and for dropping out.

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Challenges (cont’d) Lack of interim rewards for members – the

failure of a coalition to show some concrete results short of ultimate victory often discourages its members

Loss of key leaders – an organization may develop a serious vulnerability if one dominant leader prevents others from sharing power

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Challenges (cont’d) Serious irreconcilable splits over the

coalition’s direction – may suggest the coalition was weak to begin with, perhaps because it lacked requirements for cohesion, such as ideological ties.

Change in conditions – a coalition may be unable to adapt to circumstances that were not present when it was first formed.

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Challenges (cont’d) Delay – members expect the coalition to

achieve its main objective within a reasonable time

“Turfism” – the non-cooperation or conflict between organizations with seemingly common goals or interests; the conflict arises from perceptions of incompatible goals and/or threats, causing the members to “defend their turf”

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Creating Sustainable Organizational Change – Key FactorsCulture + Plan + Vision + Stakeholders + Training + Goals = Change

Plan + Vision + Stakeholders + Training + Goals = Fallback

Culture + Vision + Stakeholders + Training + Goals = Confusion

Culture + Plan + Stakeholders + Training + Goals = No Direction

Culture + Plan + Vision + Training + Goals = No Buy-in

Culture + Plan + Vision + Stakeholders + Goals = Change

Culture + Plan + Vision + Stakeholders + Training = False Start

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Action PlanWhere do you go from here?

Use the information gathered here to build an effective coalition to deal with issues that arise Use the Action Plan Template as a guide in building coalitions for short and long term goals

Understanding the power of numbers and using coalitions to advance the efforts of the Association