American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 33–61 | Cite as

An ecological assessment of community-based interventions for prevention and health promotion: Approaches to measuring community coalitions

  • Robert M. Goodman
  • Abraham Wandersman
  • Matthew Chinman
  • Pam Imm
  • Erin Morrissey


Presented an ecological assessment of a community coalition to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse, and related risks. Ecological assessment is defined as occurring at multiple social levels and along a continuum of stages of coalition readiness. The assessment is aided by the triangulation, or combining of assessment methods and strategies. Measures used to assess the coalition's formation, implementation of community initiatives, and production of community impacts are described, along with the triangulation strategies used to enhance the assessment findings.

Key Words

ecological assessment community-based intervention assessing community coalitions triangulation strategy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. Goodman
    • 2
  • Abraham Wandersman
    • 1
  • Matthew Chinman
    • 1
  • Pam Imm
    • 1
  • Erin Morrissey
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South CarolinaUSA
  2. 2.Center for Community Research, Department of Public Health SciencesThe Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Medical Center BoulevardWinston-Salem

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