As part of the evaluation of CADIC, the Coalition sought to learn about good practice in coalition building in Ireland. A process was agreed to abstract learning from the review feedback and to generalise this learning to provide a lessons-learnt document for coalition-building in Ireland. This document presents learning acquired during the CADIC review as a practical and straightforward guide to enable coalitions or those individuals and organisations that are considering building a national coalition in Ireland become more effective. This CADIC coalition-building learning document makes a number of key observations about the characteristics of a national coalition; the reasons for building a national coalition; what is useful about building and operating as a national coalition; and what are the pitfalls to be avoided when building a national coalition.
- There are two key reasons for building national coalition: one, a national coalition such as CADIC provides the focus for organisations concerned with the pressing need in the beneficiary community; two, a national coalition such as CADIC facilitates a pooling of expertise that supports the development of a comprehensive campaign. Tweet
- A single issue focus is central to a successful coalition, particularly in so far as it energises and organises members. Tweet
- Driver organisations are essential, usually strong NGOs are the core of a successful coalition, developing strategy, facilitating communication and providing the main coalition resources. Tweet
- A national coalition should have a clear framework for action including a vision, mission, strategy (or strategies), activities and learning. Tweet
- A national coalition should have clear internal structures, particularly those relating to roles, communication and decision making. Tweet
- The most relevant pitfall to be avoided is that a national coalition should avoid being surprised by its own success: that is, the coalition should be prepared for success and for the likely implications for the coalition campaign. Tweet