The MiniVAN system allows users to export canvassing lists from VAN onto an Android device. 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.
MiniVAN user reviews:
No more printing out walk sheets for me! Took me a few minutes to figure it out, but now that I have, I am very excited to start using this! UPDATE: So I took this out today for the first time and I still HIGHLY recommend it. It did have a tendency to crash periodically, especially when I’d try to open the keyboard on my Galaxy S. The UI is pretty intuitive and after I got used to it I didn’t have any more trouble. I’ll continue to test this app out and if anything else of note pops up, I’ll update this review. On the plus, canvass is done and the data is entered! FYI – in the URL line you have to enter the URL you’d normally go to to log into VAN, whatever that is for your state/campaign.
The app seems to work great in my initial testing. Even as a software engineer, I could probably use a screencast training to see how best to use it and which features are available.
This app is the best thing I have ever experience, and I haven’t even had a chance to use it yet. THANK YOU!
This application has access to the following:
- Your location
fine (GPS) locationAccess fine location sources such as the Global Positioning System on the tablet, where available. Malicious apps may use this to determine where you are, and may consume additional battery power. Access fine location sources such as the Global Positioning System on the phone, where available. Malicious apps may use this to determine where you are, and may consume additional battery power.
Allows the app to create network sockets.
- Network communication
- full Internet access
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