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Networks, Coalitions, and Leadership

This brief conceptual overview is designed for advocacy networks that are working on complex policy reform efforts that require high levels of connectivity, alignment, and joint action among people and organizations to be successful. When there is confusion about how to distinguish and relate the concepts of “networks” and “coalitions,” advocacy networks may underestimate the value of investing in building cross-boundary relationships, and the facilitation it takes to align unlikely partners. This overview provides a conceptual framework for understanding what it means to be an effective network capable of joint action, the different functions that networks fulfill, the value of a network leadership mindset, and the core capacities for working successfully in coalition. Each section of the overview is followed by a series of questions for network participants to use to reflect about how these concepts apply in their networks.


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