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Evaluation & Sustainability Planning

Evaluate your coalition's effectiveness with data, and ensure the sustainability of your action plan.

  • Evaluation
  • Sustainability Planning


It is important to regularly collect data that will allow coalition members and funders to evaluate the coalition’s effectiveness. Data takes many forms and should not be limited to only surveys and interviews. Consider collecting the following information:

  • General coalition meeting information (date, time, location, minutes, list of attendees)
  • Number of coalition members at events, including meetings and coalition-sponsored programs—make sure to have a sign-in sheet at all events
  • Number of people attending coalition-sponsored programs and events
  • Hours spent on coalition work (possibly broken down by project)
  • Number of events or projects completed
  • Number of policy changes achieved

Sustainability Planning

Sustainability is the active process of establishing an initiative by developing relationships, practices and procedures to make it last. Sustainability planning is critical to creating a roadmap for solving complex problems and makes your efforts better focused on achieving long-term impact. 

There are several different strategies that a coalition may choose to undertake to ensure sustainability, such as:

  • Marketing
  • Sharing resources with other organizations
  • Soliciting in-kind support
  • Developing a system to pursue funding opportunities

Sustainable coalitions use diverse funding sources, have strong core leadership, choose activities that address continuing needs and have influence in the community.

Learn more about action planning for your coalition.