Comparing Reach to other canvassing apps

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Reach is built to enable a whole new mode of canvassing and data collection and it is not designed to be a direct replacement or alternative to the turf-based door knocking/walk list tools you may be familiar with.

Campaigns love Reach because it opens the door to more flexible canvassing work where walk lists and turfs are too limiting (everything from street corner tabling to farmers markets to canvassing your Uber driver who you get into a conversation with). Learn more about where to use Reach here.

Many campaigns use Reach alongside traditional door-knocking apps because it excels in catching voters who would otherwise fall through the cracks during door-knocking shifts. If you’ve ever volunteered to know doors, you know how common it is to knock a door and say, “Hi, is Sasha there?” and the person who answers the door says, “My name is Jessica. I don’t know who Sasha is.” At that point, instead of walking away and saying “Thanks anyway”, a canvasser with Reach can just app-switch from their walk-list app (like MiniVAN or Polis or Ecanvasser or PDI) over to Reach, search for Jessica, find her at her old address, and ID her!

What if I really want to knock doors using only Reach?

We do work with some campaigns who don’t have access to a traditional walk-list tool and therefore use Reach that way by just searching a given address that they’re standing in front of and knocking every door with a registered voter behind it and recording the results. If you do want to use Reach to knock doors like this, some campaign make clever use of our custom survey questions to setup a “Canvass Results” question with multiple choice answers like “Not Home”, “Hostile”, “Other Language”, etc.

Feature-by-feature comparison

Feature Other Apps
Search Everyone
Real-time data
In-App Stats and Leaderboard
Grassroots-friendly on-boarding
Map View
Pre-cut walk lists/turfs
Offline Access
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Last Updated On April 07, 2019