Hello! We are Natalie Wilkins and Courtney Barnard, and we are members of the Community Psychology TIG leadership team. Community and stakeholder engagement is a core principle of both evaluation and community psychology. As evaluators and community psychologists, it is not surprising that we are very interested in learning about how stakeholder engagement strengthens our work and how we can continuously improve the ways we include communities in our work.
We have compiled some of our favorite resources for evaluating community collaborations and coalitions. We hope they will be helpful in your work too!
- The National Cancer Institute has developed the Level of Collaboration Scale. This scale is a composite of other existing models and instruments and its purpose is to assess collaboration among partners.
- Check out these great tools from Fran Butterfoss and Coalitions Work
- Are You Ready to Evaluate Your Coalition?
15 questions can help you decide whether your coalition is ready to evaluate itself and its work!
- Coalition Initial Needs Assessment
A form for assessing coalition resources, structures and functions.
- Coalition Member Survey
A 49-item survey for members to rate the coalition on aspects related to planning, implementation, leadership, local and statewide involvement, communication, participation, progress and outcomes.
- Coalition Effectiveness Inventory (CEI)
A diagnostic checklist for coalition staff and key leaders to assess coalition effectiveness.
- Meeting Effectiveness Inventory (MEI)
A tool for evaluating work group and coalition meeting effectiveness and productivity.
- Is This Group Really A Coalition?
10 questions that can clarify whether an existing community group is a coalition.
- Granner and Sharpe have developed An Inventory of Measurement Tools for Evaluating Community Coalition Characteristics and Functioning. This inventory provides a list of assessment tools to assess characteristics and functioning of a community coalition.
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