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At Sister District Action Network (SDAN), we field questions about the research behind political tactics every week. Whether it’s research we’ve undertaken at Sister District or research being publicized by the media or other organizations, our volunteers want to know how campaigns and political organizations are making decisions to allocate volunteer hours.
Since the activist boom after the 2016 election, many organizations have reported on the ‘efficacy’ of various voter and volunteer engagement tactics. However, not all studies are created equal. We’ve noticed that many reported findings are correlational, which can have value, but must be read and interpreted with caution (see our blog post on correlation vs causation). It can be hard to see the forest for the trees.
To address this accessibility gap, SDAN has put together short summaries of existing research that can be used as one-pager (front and back) handouts for volunteers and activists. These one-pagers, which are by no means exhaustive, attempt to synthesize some of the major research findings of both academics and progressive political organizations on various field tactics. When possible, we have cited our sources (unfortunately, we are unable to cite proprietary information we have access to and have termed those sources “industry sources” or “industry studies” in the one-pagers). We hope that these one-pager handouts will be useful resources for volunteer and activist teams looking for more information about what may be driving campaign/PAC decisions going into 2020.