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.

What’s New

Version 8.2.0

New minimum operations system: iOS 12

User Experience Updates:
Based on feedback an extensive user research study we are making some initial workflow changes including:
* Show map first when downloading a canvass packet - our research shows that most users switch directly to the map view to orient themselves on turf. We are now showing the map view first.
* Helper text and confirmation dialogs on some canvass responses - such as “Refused” and “Inaccessible” to make sure canvassers are using the correct response.
* Changed the circle icons that represent the  people in a household to people icons

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

Ct145 ,

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.

Mark444! ,

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.

JBbuilder ,

Pretty easy to use but could be better

Fairly user friendly. It would be nice to have the ability to mark an entire building as inaccessible so if there’s an apartment building you can’t get into you don’t have to go through each individual person. Also it would be great if when you look at list details and look at how many people you marked for a yard sign, to be able to just pull up those addresses.

App Privacy

The developer, NGP VAN, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Identifiers

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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