There are many ways to structure a coalition; by the same token, it’s never too late to take a step back and consider your coalition’s structure, and whether it still meets the needs of your community. Is it set up in a way that helps you achieve your goals? Are group processes and lines of communication clear to members? Do you have committees or work groups within the coalition, and if so, are they still meeting the group’s needs?
Two Alaska grantees have been generous enough to share their organization charts with us, as examples. Feel free to share these with your coalition as a way to start exploring what’s currently working for you, and where you might be able to strengthen the coalition even more. You can find them on the Tools and Resources page (http://alaskaspfsig.org/resources/), under Step 2: Capacity, “Helpful Tools.” Look for the links in that section called “Organization Chart Example: Homer Prevention Project,” and “Example Organization Chart: AICS Super Coalition.”
What has worked well when setting up a coalition in your community? What things have you changed to improve how the coalition functions?