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Guiding principles for successful coalitions

Coalitions are most likely to be successful under the following conditions:

  1. The coalition members demonstrate patience. This work takes time.
  2. The members are honest about their self-interest or group interest in the issue(s).
  3. Information is shared fully.
  4. The coalition is as inclusive as possible.
  5. There is a common understanding of the issue, shared goals, and strategies developed by the group.
  6. The coalition is action-oriented and has leadership, preferably shared.
  7. The coalition is able to be flexible and adaptable.
  8. There are clear benefits for all partners.
  9. A climate of respect is developed.

Adapted from “A Process for Building Coalitions” by Georgia Stevens, Union Strategies for the Liberal Era, Starting Campus Coalitions by Richard Moser, Working in Coalitions, Reading Recovery Council of North America.