American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 241–261 | Cite as

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


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.

coalitions multiple stakeholder collaboration community task forces interagency coordinating councils qualitative analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pennie G. Foster-Fishman
    • 1
  • Shelby L. Berkowitz
    • 2
  • David W. Lounsbury
    • 2
  • Stephanie Jacobson
    • 2
  • Nicole A. Allen
    • 2
  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing
  2. 2.Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing

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