|Assessing rural coalitions that address safety and health issues|
|Burgus S, Schwab C, Shelley M. J. extension 2012; 50(2): 2FEA7.|
|(Copyright © 2012, U.S. Cooperative Extension System)|
|Community coalitions can help national organizations meet their objectives. Farm Safety 4 Just Kids depends on coalitions of local people to deliver farm safety and health educational programs to children and their families. These coalitions are called chapters. An evaluation was developed to identify individual coalition's strengths and weaknesses. Ten FS4JK chapter locations conducted a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) and community focus groups to identify what strategies could be incorporated to improve each coalition's functionality. The findings will help strengthen program delivery, which will guide the national organization toward a more effective support system.
Keywords: coalition evaluation, assessing community coalitions, SWOT, injury prevention