Building a Healthy Coalition

Strategies for Success

Coalitions are messy by design. They bring people together from different sectors and disciplines who each come with their own vocabulary, perspective, and approach to the issue. In order to be effective, coalitions need to have a strong operating infrastructure in place. These tools and resources will help you build a strong foundation for your coalition and set yourselves up for success.

For ease of access to this Resource Library, we have curated resources relating to Building a Healthy Coalition. To view the resources, scroll down or click the button below each title to jump straight to that section.

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Strategic Planning Toolkit

 

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Facilitative Leadership Resource Sheet

The California Opioid Safety Network

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See some tips and best practices for how to have facilitative leadership within your coalition.

Collaborative Self-Assessment Survey

The California Opioid Safety Network

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Successful collaborations take the time to reflect and regularly assess their functioning, and progress towards reaching their goals. Use this survey as a tool to discover successes and challenges that members of your coalition currently face. Complete it individually or collectively, but take time to discuss the results as a group. Areas that are marked as challenging require action. Make concrete action plans, incorporate them into your work plans, and create a system to check in on progress made.

Big Picture Guidelines

The California Opioid Safety Network

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An introduction to our foundational tool to help organize your team's process and thinking for framing your community's context, identifying partners, outlining action steps, and setting short and long-term performance measures.

COSN Big Picture Tool

The California Opioid Safety Network

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An introduction to our foundational tool to help organize your team's process and thinking for framing your community's context, identifying partners, outlining action steps, and setting short and long-term performance measures.

Partnership Mapping Tool

The California Opioid Safety Network

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Strong partnerships are essential to the success of any coalition. Use this interactive worksheet to discover where your partners live within the community. Using the diagram provided, think about all the work your coalition is currently engaged in), check off which partners you already have at the table, and then think about which partners you still need to engage. After completing the worksheet, make an action plan and assign members of your coalition to start connections with any missing partners.

Opioid Safety Coalition Training Agenda

Public Health Views Consulting, LLC

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Ensuring that most of your coalition members are operating from a similar knowledge base is important for effective and meaningful priority setting. When members have a common foundational understanding of the opioid crisis, its impacts and evidence-based solutions, making decisions about resource allocation and priorities becomes a more cohesive process.

Dot Voting: Steps for an Opioid Safety Coalition Priority Setting Activity

Public Health Views Consulting, LLC

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Dot voting, also known as Dotmocracy, has several advantages and is easy to conduct. Use this guide to complete a successful dot voting session. Once priorities have been outlined, it will be up to the action teams and larger coalition to cull the responses into a second level of decision-making.

Connections Map

The California Opioid Safety Network, Center for Collaborative Planning

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Connections are powerful. They're assets - like money in the bank or social capital --to help us meet our goals of preventing death and disability from opioids. Use this worksheet to figure out where your current connections are within the community, and where you are lacking. Think about connections that may help you sustain your efforts. You may not know the individuals within those groups you would like to make a connection with, but be as specific as possible where you can.

 

Toolkit & Resources

In August of 2019, the California Opioid Safety Network, along with Public Health Views Consulting, LLC produced the Opioid Safety Strategic Planning Toolkit. Please view the full toolkit, along with the subsequent resources.

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Opioid Safety Strategic Planning: A Toolkit Designed for Community Coalitions

The California Opioid Safety Network & Public Health Views Consulting, LLC

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Encompassing a series of 7 steps, with explanations, application ideas and hands-on tools, this guide can help your coalition determine what aspects of strategic planning fit your coalition's goals, style, resources and priorities. There are many levels and ways to use the toolkit. With a myriad of rounded concepts and practical uses, your coalition can conduct a few activities to strengthen coalition planning work, or take a deeper dive into a more thorough and dynamic planning process.

Strategic Planning Benefits for Opioid Safety Coalitions

Public Health Views Consulting, LLC

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You can share these concepts with your coalition in several ways;
go around each area of this sheet and see where you fall within each category. Discuss where your coalition could improve, and how strategic planning would strengthen these areas of need.

Decision Making: Is Strategic Planning the Right Step

Public Health Views Consulting, LLC

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Before embarking on the strategic planning journey, there are some key questions to help a coalition determine if strategic planning is the best next step. The questions posed in this tool can help a coalition or planning group decide if there are enough factors in place to make the strategic planning journey worthwhile and applicable to the coalition's future. Work through these questions as a team, addressing discrepancies, potential barriers, capacities and outcomes.

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