miniVAN Touch is a mobile canvassing application that integrates with websites provided by NGP VAN. The miniVAN system allows users to export canvassing lists from VAN onto an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Canvassers can then enter data into their device as they talk to people on their list. When the canvassers connect their device to the Internet over a wireless or cellular network, they can upload their data back to the VAN with the touch of a button. Administrative users on the VAN can then review the data and apply it to the database in one quick step.
Canvassing with miniVAN allows NGP VAN clients to spend more time and resources on actually contacting people instead of on data entry. What’s more, it virtually eliminates the lag time between collecting canvass results and putting that data to work.
- Updates to add / edit person workflow - Mark person as canvassed when a phone or email address is added.
Ratings and Reviews
Good but could be improved
Destroyers my phone battery if location settings is on but makes canvassing a hell of a lot more efficient and streamlined access to data for campaigns. Could make it less of a battery killer and improve mapping data since some homes are harder to find if they don’t fit the norm but there isn’t any better option. Canvassing is the top determiner of election results easily. Suggestion: allow user to store more than 1 list at a time so they can switch between them. Also make less clicking needed to answer for multiple household members by default especially when usually only one responds if at all.
I have used this app several times; way better than paper. Easy to use, and I’m 68. I would like a few bells and whistles for encouragement. Halfway through send a message, like “Congratulations. Halfway there. Keep going.” When 10 houses from done, let user know in case thinking of giving up. At the end some balloons or fireworks or stars. With paper you can see your progress and how much is left. With this you have no idea.
Good app but little change needed:
I’ve worked on many campaigns and I’ve always had great luck with minivan. Although I would like to see there be an quicker way to mark houses and communities “inaccessible” and I would also like to see a more accurate GPS location of houses on the map.
Otherwise, no complaints!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.