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.
Bug fixes and performance improvements
Ratings and Reviews
It works, if you can work around the bugs
When using the “optimize my route” option (which you’ll definitely want to, do you can cover addresses efficiently), the app randomly loses the optimized sort order without provocation. If you don’t know this ahead of time, you can wind up walking in circles all day, returning to streets you thought you were finished with, and just basically wasting time and doing a lot of unnecessary walking. You going to have to constantly be on the lookout for the re-appearance of the “optimize my route” button, and push many, many times to maintain an efficient route.
Won’t sync data with other canvassers
Overall, we have found this app to be helpful and less bulky than carrying around paper lists. The biggest problem is that no matter what we do, we cannot get this app to sync with other users. After a couple hours of canvassing and refreshing the sink several times per hour, we still can’t tell where the other canvassers have been as shown in the instructional video. It did work one day out of about 200, so we know it is possible, but we have never been able to duplicate that before or since. We end up having to spend an extra 20 minutes going through our individual lists with one another and manually adding them to our own phones. Super inconvenient.
The other problem with this app is that the map feature seems to be based on Apple Maps, which as everyone knows, is terrible. It rarely shows an accurate picture of where an address physically is. Google maps is much better in that regard.
Much better than paper
I’ve been canvassing with miniVAN for a few months now, and the benefits far outweigh my complaints. Being able to see all the houses you’re going to along with your own location is so much easier than trying to follow a paper list of addresses (which I’d end up finding on my phone’s map anyway!) My only complaints are that results imputed from paper packets don’t appear on the app, and that sometimes the gps will show the icon for the address at a completely different location from where it actually is (I was walking “park ave.” and it showed some of the houses as being across the city on “park st.” and I didn’t realize the mistake until I had already driven across the city to get the rogue houses -_-). Still, better than paper!
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- NGP VAN
- 18.6 MB
- Requires iOS 14.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 14.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 14.0 or later.
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