An effective coalition starts with:
- Shared vision and goals
- Effective leadership
- Member-driven activities and decision-making
- Representative of the community's diversity
- A clear action plan based on existing resources
Tips For Leading a Transit Coalition:
The following tips will help you get your coalition off on the right foot and will prepare it for success over the long term.
- Contact several existing coalitions to learn first hand about the steps they took to develop a coalition. See list of contacts and references in this section's appendix.
- Work with members to develop a mission statement to guide the group's work.
- Establish milestones that can be used to measure progress and celebrate accomplishments.
- Respond to coalition members' concerns in tangible, quick ways. Communicate with members of the coalition on a consistent basis.
- Seek common ground with different groups of stakeholders.
- Find ways to recognize coalition participants for their achievements as often as possible.
- Limit bureaucratic demands on members and instead dedicate time to creating a group identity among members.
- Stay focused on the mission.
- Maintain a focus on the assets with which you have to work.
- Plan activities that demonstrate clearly the impact of the coalition.
- Keep demands on members simple and realistic.
- Develop clear roles and expectations for members.
- Encourage members to view and use the coalition as a resource that can help them perform their jobs more effectively and strengthen their own organizations.
- Recruit a prominent member of your community to become involved in the coalition. Publicizing such news will help give you instant exposure and credibility.
- Look for ways to recruit new members.
- Although not necessary, becoming a 501(c) organization also gives you more credibility when approaching Members of Congress and community organizations to promote your "case" for public transportation.