1. Does the problem affect a broad range of people?



2. Is the problem complex, requiring information and expertise from various sectors of the community?



3. Is there a need for broad public awareness or education to accomplish the goal?



4. Is there a gap in existing services or programs such that no existing organization is clearly mandated to take on this work?



5. Are there other organizations that see this problem as a priority?



6. Are there other organizations that are willing to work together to address the problem?



7. Is this problem best addressed through the joint ownership and responsibility of a number of organizations



8. Are the potential members of the coalition willing to relinquish individual control over the activities and outcomes of the coalition and actively engage in a collective process?



9. Are there potential members of the coalition willing to commit to and abide by democratic decision-making procedures?



10. Are the organizational goals and policies of the potential members in alignment iwth those of the coalition?



11. Are there resources that can be shared or obtained to assist with the work?



12. Is there a true commitment to work together and produce results, irrespective of funder requirements for collaboration?



If you responded “no” to any of the questions above, a coalition might not be an appropriate structure to accomplish your goals. 

(from Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition: From the Ground Up:
An Organizing handbook for Healthy Communities,. 2002)

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