Using Concept Mapping to Develop a Statewide Kinship Care Coalition: A Case Study

J. Jay Miller, Jessica Donohue-Dioh, Amy Brown

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Increasingly, community coalitions are being developed to address a myriad of social challenges. However, documented research efforts related to planning processes associated with coalition formation are few. This case-study documents the use of concept mapping (CM) to d elineate a conceptual framework for developing a statewide kinship care coalition in one southeastern state. CM is a mixed-method research approach that analyzes qualitative data via nonmetric multidimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analyses. After a review of relevant literature, this article discusses CM processes associated with this endeavor and examines implications for future use of CM for coalition formation and development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-183
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Community Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2018

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  • Kinship care
  • coalition
  • concept mapping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration


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