Evaluating Effective Leadership and Governance in a Midwestern Agricultural Safety and Health Coalition

Mary J. Wendl, Mary E. Cramer

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Agricultural Centers are a coalition of organizations and individual members with a common purpose: to improve the health and safety of the agricultural community. Successful leadership and governance are essential in accomplishing these goals. This article examined the effectiveness of a midwestern Agricultural Health and Safety Center (Ag Center) leadership and governance structure. The Internal Coalition Outcomes Hierarchy (ICOH) framework and the Internal Coalition Effectiveness (ICE©) instrument were used, with field visit interviews conducted to gain further insight. Combined comparative findings from both research methods showed that scores in each of the categories increased. Adjustments led to stronger collaborative leadership, vital to successful population health improvement programs. This study showcases coalition qualities in a broader environment, capturing a clearer depiction of leadership and member interaction. Field visit interviews confirmed that this midwestern Ag Center continued to have strong levels of effectiveness in each of the conceptual constructs of a coalition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-94
Number of pages11
JournalWorkplace Health and Safety
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018


  • agriculture
  • leadership
  • occupational health and safety programs
  • program planning and evaluation
  • public health systems and nursing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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