To better align your community’s work, it is useful to look for the “moving trains” that have already taken on an issue, such as early childhood education, AIDS education, literacy, child abuse or even economic development or community safety. Moving trains are existing structures, such as coalitions, networks or leadership groups.

This tool provides a quick way to get an understanding of where there are overlaps and gaps among current initiatives. Information gathered can then be used to promote mutually reinforcing activities in the community.

The worksheet is usually completed by the lead of each coalition or network. Data is then collected from various entities, compiled and shared for discussion and action planning.

Watch a video about the Mapping Moving Trains tool.