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Covering Kids & Families

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Coalition Interaction

Coalitions are most effective when they possess at least three attributes: (1) an active and committed membership, (2) effective processes to make decisions that members support, and (3) leaders that are acceptable to the members, and therefore capable of guiding activities.

This memo explores the extent to which the state and local coalitions comprising Covering Kids & Families® (CKF) possess these attributes. It reports on the participation rates of members in coalition activities, their perceptions of coalition leadership, and how important coalition decisions are made. The data is based on the assessments of those members of CKF coalitions that responded to the Coalition Self Assessment Survey (CSAS) sent to the 1,078 members of 10 state coalitions and 20 local coalitions in February and March of 2003.