July 20 – August 5, 2021
This course focuses on the core skills and decision-making practices necessary to manage voter data for an issue or legislative campaign. You will learn how to use the Voter Activation Network (VAN) to build lists, cut turf, build counts and crosstab reports and more. You will also learn to manage the events calendar and schedule email blasts in EveryAction.
VAN is a toolset used by progressive campaigns and organizations across the country. EveryAction is an accompanying fundraising management platform. Participants will be provided access to a VAN/EveryAction “sandbox” account with sample data for the duration of the course.
We encourage applicants to first take our Data Strategy course which will be offered June 29–July 15. If you choose to take Data Strategy, you need only apply once—on that application, there is a place to indicate that you’d like to also take VAN/EveryAction Administration. Click here to go to Data Strategy.
Who is this course for?
If you are a volunteer or field organizer who has used VAN to enter data or look up voters, this course will take your skills to the next level. This course is also appropriate for tech savvy individuals who are looking to get into movement data─maybe you’ve never used VAN, but you have experience managing a database. However, if you already know how to cut turf and build counts and crosstab reports, we suggest taking one of our other data and analytics courses.
July 20–August 5, 2021
- Tuesdays and Thursdays; 6:30 – 8 pm ET
- Every other Wednesday: optional office hours at 6 pm ET
Friday, July 16. Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis.
You’ll make a sliding scale contribution of $200–600 if you choose to take this course alone.
If you choose to take Data Strategy first, then you will only need to fill out the Data Strategy application. On that application, there is a place to indicate that you’d like to also take an engineering course (i.e. VAN/EveryAction Administration and Building Analytics Reports in Google Sheets).
If accepted into Data Strategy, you’ll make a sliding scale contribution of $200–600. For each engineering course, you’ll make an additional $200 contribution.
Questions? Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We believe people with more wealth, privilege, and access to money—and who benefit from systems of oppression—should pay more.
If you work at an organization with more than 60 employees, please ask your employer to cover the full cost of this training. If there’s anything that would help you make the request, please let us know.
We know that this might be a new way of looking at things. Please reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions.
Ideal applicants come from all walks of life—we welcome everyone from data practitioners looking to sharpen their skills, to complete beginners who are passionate about organizing. Here are some attributes shared by all our applicants:
Technical Aptitude: Whether you have experience working directly with data or not, we are interested in organizers who are able to pick up new technical skills quickly and proficiently. If you like spreadsheets and lists, or investigating innovative ways of organizing, you may be a good fit.
Organizing Insight: You don’t need to be a professional politico, but we’re looking for applicants with experience doing organizing work on the ground. That work can be tied to grassroots, electoral, and/or issue organizing. We seek to support organizers who are currently part of an organizing effort or are seeking to build one.
Dedication to Inclusive Politics and Intersectional Solutions: At re:power, we center race, class, gender and sexuality across all our trainings—it’s part of our practice of inclusive politics. We encourage organizers to be open to new ideas regarding inclusive politics, especially from their fellow organizers who will reflect our diverse communities.
You will need a technological device capable of connecting to the Internet and downloading files. Windows, Macs and Unix computers all welcome.
If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.