Obama – Followup

The Obama campaign team haven’t just dropped their legions of volunteers now that the election is over.  Apart from their requests for donations to fund the DNC’s debt and the transition phase, they’ve also sent out an email today (in David Plouffe’s name) asking volunteers to give feedback on the campaign.  It’s good to see that they’re trying to learn from experience.

Apart from the standard quantitative questions about issue interests, willingness to help on future work (be it for other Democratic candidates, grassroots pressure for legislation, etc), they’re also taking qualitative responses on a few key questions:

  • How would you like to see this organization move forward in the months and years ahead? And how would you like to be engaged as a volunteer and organizer?
  • What first inspired you to join this campaign?
  • What was the best part of your volunteer experience?
  • What could have been improved about your volunteer experience?
  • What was your greatest achievement as a volunteer? What was your greatest challenge?
  • Did you meet a fellow volunteer or field organizer who inspired you? How did they inspire you?

All good questions – both for improving the campaign for the inevitable second term election, and, because they take zip codes, for analysing why there were failures in particular areas where the vote didn’t stack up as it should have.  Perhaps it was a poor Field Organiser, or perhaps it was insufficiently clear instruction from above, or, as I’ve said before, a slight lack of autonomy at times.

It’s clear from the wording that they’re not going to let the huge organisation they’ve built up just fall by the wayside.  Hopefully, they’ll be able to harness that power for the better.

The survey, for anyone who worked on the campaign but didn’t get it, is at http://my.barackobama.com/whatsnext


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