Field Tactics | National Democratic Training Committee

Field Tactics

By Pavitra Abraham
75 min

What You’ll Learn

  • How to incorporate canvassing and phone banking into your broader field plan
  • How to train a group of volunteers to canvass and phone bank
  • How to set up your volunteers to canvass and phone bank

Why This is Important

Talking to voters one-on-one is one of the best tools you have to persuade voters to support you, so you have to make sure you’re doing it right. In this course you’ll learn tried and true tactics that will greatly improve your voter contact efforts.

Key Resources

  • Weekly & Daily Goals Worksheet — used to estimate how many hours you and your volunteers will need to spend canvassing and phone banking to reach your goals
  • Sample Training Agendas for Canvassing & Phone Banking
  • Sample Persuasion Script for Canvassing & Phone Banking
  • Template Volunteer Sign-In Sheet
  • Template Volunteer Tally & Check-in Sheet for Canvassing & Phone Banking
  • Sample Canvassing Fundamentals — tip sheet for volunteers
  • Key Talking Points Guide for Phone Banking

Related Trainings

  • VoteBuilder 101 or Targeting Voters (if you’re not using VoteBuilder) — Will help you calculate your persuasion universe size and identify the specific groups of voters that your volunteers will talk to
  • Building Your Volunteer Team — Will help you recruit and manage your volunteers who are going to be canvassing and phone banking, or your volunteer coordinator who will do that for you

Pavitra Abraham


A proud Michigan native, Pavitra got her start on campaigns as an Organizer with President Obama's re-election campaign in Ann Arbor, MI. Since then she has worked on campaigns across the country at the state, local, and presidential levels. She is currently the Constituency Organizing Director and Midwest Regional Field Director at the DCCC. Before that, she served as Kamala Harris' New Hampshire Organizing Director after working at NDTC for 2 years! Prior to NDTC, Pavitra was Training Director on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign where she first fell in love with training.

When she's not campaign, Pavitra loves live music, relentlessly cheering on Michigan football (even when we're losing), and all things Bravo!