Field canvassing is the practice of going to every home in a particular geographic region seeking support for a particular cause, often a political one. Going door to door to gain support for a cause can be one of the most intimidating tasks that activists take on during an advocacy campaign.  This PDF guide produced by the Progressive Action Network offers guidelines on how to canvas effectively. 

Field canvassing can be a great way to engage new supporters and spread the word about a pressing issue, but it is also crucial that canvassers take steps to ensure their personal safety.  This can include working in pairs, carrying a cell phone or other communication device, and not entering homes, even if invited.

The Campaign Handbook has a great guide for political canvassing that’s easily adapted to activist causes.