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Convene a broad and diverse coalition of partners

May 16, 2024

Success looks like: 

  1. Key partners working in your coalition represent a broad and diverse set of interest holders at different levels.
  2. Key partners working in your coalition represent the communities of individuals most impacted by homelessness.
  3. The coalition has expanded and added partners with the assets/resources needed to fill gaps or expand efforts 
  4. There is a sufficient mix of implementing and influencing partners to strengthen all levels of the system. 

Key partners are actively participating in governance, planning, and implementation.

Where to get started: 

Read this resource to understand stakeholder mapping.

What is a stakeholder analysis, and why should you use one? 

A stakeholder analysis can help you identify the key players in your system, and understand your relationship to those stakeholders and how to improve collaboration, coordination, and resource sharing. Sometimes called ‘power mapping,’ we’ve found that communities who have a strong sense of the web of relationships in their homelessness response systems are better able to leverage resources and affect change with the help of others in their system. 

The Harvard Business School describes it: “[Stakeholder] mapping is essential if you’re hoping to become a change-maker in your organization. Identifying the most influential players in your workplace is crucial if you’re trying to make a positive impact. Power only exists within the dynamics of a relationship, so you must determine who’s already close to powerful individuals, who’s underappreciated but essential to your organization, and who has the most influence.

[Stakeholder] mapping is an effective way to diagnose your organization’s political landscape. It allows you to identify its values by examining the behaviors it rewards. This can be particularly valuable if you’re just starting in your role. By identifying influential individuals, you can build your network, establish valuable relationships, determine what resources they value, and cultivate power and influence.”

This deck lays out how Built for Zero coaches walk through a stakeholder mapping exercise with their teams.

• Use this tool to conduct a stakeholder mapping exercise of your community.

• Learn about how other communities have developed partnerships & collaboration!