Sustainability of Community Coalitions: An Evaluation of Communities That Care

Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University, 402 Marion Place, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, USA.
Prevention Science (Impact Factor: 3.15). 10/2005; 6(3):199-202. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-005-0003-4
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The relationships between community coalition processes during initial 3-year state seed funding and markers of sustainability post-funding were investigated in 20 Communities That Care (CTC) sites in Pennsylvania. Coalition processes were assessed using interviews with coalition members, ratings from the research team and ratings from state technical consultants. We found members' knowledge of prevention, coalition internal functioning, and fidelity to the CTC model during early coalition functioning predictive of later sustained coalition board activity. Findings suggest domains of early coalition functioning that may be important for understanding and promoting sustainability.

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    • "Public health literature examines sustainability mostly from the viewpoint of maintaining specific health programs, such as health initiatives, or retaining knowledge, capacity and values generated from the collaboration (Bryant 2002; Israel et al. 2006; Paine-Andrews et al. 2000; Shediac-Rizkallah & Bone 1998). Less attention is given to sustaining the partnership itself (Gomez, Greenberg & Feinberg 2005; Israel et al. 2001), and investigating partnership sustainability through empirical evidence is also not granted the attention it deserves (Israel et al. 2001). A few studies have examined theoretical perspectives of sustainability. "

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    • "In addition to community readiness, the extant literature suggests that collaborations with local coalitions also may impact intervention sustainability (Altman 1995; Greenberg 2004; Hawkins et al. 2002; Spoth et al. 2004). Research on Communities That Care (CTC; Hawkins et al. 2002), a model that utilizes community coalitions in order to assess community intervention needs and implement appropriate evidence-based interventions, indicates that CTC coalitions are sustainable and increase the adoption and implementation of evidencebased programs (CTC; Gomez et al. 2005; Hawkins et al. 2002). "
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    • "Yet in the CHCI (Larson et al. 2002), a strong relationship between process quality and success and sustainability of community initiatives was discovered 10 years after the initiatives began. Gomez et al.'s (2005) longitudinal study of the Communities That Care Coalitions (CTC) in Pennsylvania also found that coalition sustainability was related to early coalition function. Both of these studies suggest that the perceived quality of the collaborative partnership in its formative stages is related to the success and sustainability of the collaborative partnership several years later. "
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