Working as a campaign field organizer is hard work, and while it’s often rewarding, it is also filled with time consuming tasks. Figuring out where to send your staff of volunteers is probably the duty that takes the longest. Cutting turf, as it is known, can take hours.
Say Goodbye to Cutting Turf
Distributed Canvassing is a new program by NGP VAN designed to shave hours off the process of figuring out walk lists and staring at maps. Now organizers can spend their time doing the work they really want to do- effecting change in their communities.
The program changes the workflow for the better. It allows you to program the amount of doors you want knocked on and how many staff members or volunteers are in the field. It then cuts the turf for you, distributing each list of homes to the canvasser based on their location.
How it Was Developed
NGP VAN came up with a program called Knock 10 in 2017 and Distributed Canvassing helped develop the application. The point of the app was to simplify the process of getting people more involved in voter outreach. Once the app was downloaded, it would point out the nearest 10 registered voters in the vicinity of the canvasser.
Distributed Canvassing fine tuned the app, allowing field organizers more leeway in cutting turf. This has opened the doors for more activists to get involved and hopefully stay involved too.
— NGP VAN (@NGPVAN) April 13, 2018
Campaign organizers have had nothing but praise so far. They love the amount of time saved though they are concerned about training staff in its proper use. They also are hesitant in trusting it for certain types of turf, since obviously not all neighborhoods are the same, and nor are the canvassers all professionals. Developers have taken this feedback into account and are fine tuning the program.
Distributed Canvassing is currently in beta testing and is available now. NGP VAN is known for their progressive software integration platform, taking into consideration different gender and sexuality that voters would like to be represented by.
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