A quantitative study of nonprofit and grassroots coalition factors that influence success in advancing advocacy

by Boener, Mary Flynn, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2016, 129 pages; 10164286


Despite the vast and growing numbers of active coalitions, little is known about the role of coalition members’ perceived self-efficacy, individual mastery or coalition capacity as possible contributors to successful advocacy efforts. Previous research has primarily focused on belief systems of coalition members in relation to achieving successful advocacy efforts. This study utilized a quantitative, multiple logistic regression research design to examine the individual relationships between a coalition member's self-efficacy, individual mastery, the coalition's advocacy capacity and the member's ability to participate in successful advocacy efforts. An electronic version of the Predictors of Advancing Advocacy Survey designed by the researcher for this study was used to collect the corresponding data. A total of 450 participants took the survey, with 150 completing the full instrument. The sample population was comprised of adult members over the age of 18 participating in coalitions. The survey consisted of 48 total questions compiled from three reliable instruments, including seventeen questions designated for demographic inquiries. The survey captured the coalition member's self-efficacy, individual mastery, and the participating coalition advocacy capacity. The survey probed advocacy efforts utilized and whether the participant was successful in those efforts. Multiple logistic regression and odds ratios were performed for each independent variable as well as a combination of variables, along with the dichotomous dependent variable. Results from the study revealed that perceived self-efficacy, individual mastery and coalition capacity, along with age and education, significantly predicted successful advocacy efforts.

AdviserJoyce Johnson
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsSocial work; Management; Public policy
Publication Number10164286

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