The first question of any new PCP is how do I reach out to my neighborhood? This manual demonstrates how to talk to your neighbors, as well as who to ask to get a list of the Democrats in your neighborhood.
This manual was created by the Arapahoe County Democratic Party and is relevant to all precinct committee people. The document explains what tasks and how to schedule them throughout 2019 and 2020. With the help of your House District chairs and county leadership, this manual is a step by step process of projects you now begin.
Our neighboring House District, (HD 27), created this document to not only describe the field techniques and practices of a PCP, but also functions to voting and committees. This is a thorough document to view in understanding all roles PCP’s have in their jobs as elected officials of Jefferson County.
VAN is an online resource that is essential to managing your precincts. It is one of the most important tools to be successful in your role as a PCP. VAN gives you access to voters so that you may create lists to identify and reach out to your neighbors. Your PCP level of access in VAN will allow you to do the following functions:
Create a walking or calling list for canvassing your precinct ( Create a New List)
Create folders to store and organize lists (Folders)
Create scripts to speak to your neighbors and collect data (Scripts)
Add to and narrow your lists for purposes of targeting specific Democrats (Narrowing People and Removing People from My List)
Create a list of previous year Caucus Attendees, Current Officers, and other grouped categories (Activist Codes)
Enter collected data into VAN (Grid View)
Cut turf to limit your neighborhood walks to a smaller path (How to Cut Turf)
It is encouraged that you develop your skills within the tool, and ask questions to your House District Officers and PCP’s as to what you will need for your precinct.
Videos for VAN Training
There are multiple training sessions on YouTube which give you a view of the functions within VAN and steps to follow. A full channel of “How To” videos is below.
To Request Additional VAN Information
NGP, the creators of VAN, offer opportunities for field organizers to request information on how to use their tool This document is known as the “VANual”.
Please use this link to contact NGP, and request this document to be sent to you.
MiniVAN was created at the dawn of the smartphone in 2010. MiniVAN is an App that is downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store. It is free, and does not take up a great deal of memory on your mobile device. MiniVAN is designed to make your canvassing walks, (door to door), as efficient, clear, and easy as possible.
Digital maps display the location of homes in your canvass.
GPS inherit in your smartphone or tablet, allows you to see where you are walking at all times. This allows you greater visibility in apartment complexes, and tough to navigate neighborhoods.
Scripts are Easier to Read.
Real time upload into VAN for Survey Question Answers, Voter Editing, and Completed Canvassing.
It is recommended that your training be done at doors while using MiniVAN, as each user will find their comfort level by putting the tool into practice.
As you have been introduced to the digital tools that PCP’S use, the second step is putting together community work days by gathering neighbors and Democrats for canvassing. A Powerpoint training document has been developed to help you learn how to gather fellow Democrats and promote candidates or objectives within our Party.
Periodically, VAN training will be offered by the County Party. County training sessions are typically offered after Caucus in even numbered years (2018, 2020, 2022 etc.). These are the years when new PCP’s are elected. Check our calendar by clicking on the the Calendar Tab above, to check for dates with the County.
Recurring training sessions that our state democratic leadership, (Colorado Democrats), have developed, are with our State Technology Director, Pete Williams. These are offered frequently in webinars, and at Colorado Democratic Party Headquarters in Denver. You can find more information about these classes and webinars on the Colorado Democrats website calendar:
Whether needing a refresher or as someone who has never used the tool before, HD29 PCP’s should be scheduling this opportunity. In your role as a PCP, you are asked to use VAN for reaching out to other Democrats in your precinct, as well as other purposes.
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