The RAINBOW framework draws on Amanda Tattersall’s extensive research and experience around building coalitions. Read the summary below and download the rainbow coloured handout from the box at the bottom of the page.
- R – Relationships
- A – Ask
- I – Involve
- N – Nurture
- B – Build
- O – Organise
- W – Win
Build relationships with community members and organizations outside of a crisis. Identify potential allies; get to know them.
Ask community organizations what their issues, interests and values are. Don’t assume they are the same as yours. Find common ground. Ask for their support.
Build transparent and democratic structures of decision-making. Build new leadership.
Coalition partners and the coalition itself must be nurtured and sustained. Educate members, consult with them, mobilize and activate them. Connect coalition partners with each other.
Build capacity among coalition members. Build alliances. Build and expand the base.
Know the difference between mobilizing and organizing.
Create the conditions for winning in the long term by building the power and capacity of the grassroots. Practice democracy.
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