Building Collaborative Capacity in Community Coalitions: A Review and Integrative Framework

Pennie G. Foster-Fishman, Shelby L. Berkowitz, David W. Lounsbury, Stephanie Jacobson, Nicole A. Allen

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This article presents the results of a qualitative analysis of 80 articles, chapters, and practitioners' guides focused on collaboration and coalition functioning. The purpose of this review was to develop an integrative framework that captures the core competencies and processes needed within collaborative bodies to facilitate their success. The resulting framework for building collaborative capacity is presented. Four critical levels of collaborative capacity - member capacity, relational capacity, organizational capacity, and programmatic capacity - are described and strategies for building each type are provided. The implications of this model for practitioners and scholars are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-261
Number of pages21
JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Coalitions
  • Community task forces
  • Interagency coordinating councils
  • Multiple stakeholder collaboration
  • Qualitative analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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